UNHCR Concern for LGBTI Refugee Crisis in Kenya

This is by no means an exhaustive report on the current crisis for LGBTQI refugees in Kenya. You may contact us for more details as we have written reports available for qualified organizations and third parties to include journalists. Here is an advisory issued by UNHCR which gives their concerned voice to the current desperate situation for LGBT refugees in Kenya. At African HRC we continue to be involved as an intermediary in these situations: Dear colleagues, The following is a brief update on the current situation in Nairobi as of today, 15 June: UNHCR remains deeply concerned about the situation that arose around the 76 refugees with an LGBTI profile currently remaining in one house in

Jubilation as Botswana Decriminalizes Same-Sex Relations

Botswana became the latest country to decriminalize LGBTI individuals Tuesday when the High Court rejected as unconstitutional sections of the penal code that punish same-sex relations with up to seven years in prison. Jubilant activists in the packed courtroom cheered the unanimous decision in the southern African nation. It came less than a month after Kenya’s High Court denied decriminalization of a similar section of its penal code. The full bench of the High Court of Botswana ruled to rid its country of the draconian colonial code by striking down section 164(a) and (c), and section 167 of the penal code which criminalize same-sex relations, or “carnal knowledge against the order of na

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