ALL Out, AHRC and RefCEA Partner for COVID-19 Pandemic

My name is Geofrey and I'm one of the many LGBT+ refugees living in Kenya's Kakuma camp, the largest refugee settlement in the world. I'm here because I had to flee my home country, Uganda. I would have been severely hurt or even murdered if I'd stayed. So many of my friends have similar stories. But life in Kakuma isn't much better. We live in over-occupied, unsanitary shelters. We have no access to proper hygiene, medicine, nutrition, or safety. We're subject to ongoing transphobic and homophobic violence. Most of the time, we only have each other. But now, we have a global community of All Out members behind us, who each donated just US$5, US$20, or US$50 to help keep us safe in the month

Emergency COVID-19 Funding Sought for African LGBTI Refugees

Among the most predictably vulnerable during the Corona Virus pandemic is clearly the world's refugee and migration population and the most vulnerable of all refugees are LGBTQI refugees, worldwide. Over 70 countries criminalize LGBTI people for their sexuality and gender identity. Many have compromised immune systems, major trauma, and underlying medical conditions, all an added threat when trying to avert Covid-19 and its harshest of consequences. Many have sought exile, many are asylum seekers in foreign countries, refugees in camps as well as urban areas and many are in the midst of a migration process that defies definition. All are at severe risk of starvation, sickness and death. Wor

International Conference AIDS 2020 to go VIRTUAL

International AIDS Conference AIDS 2020 to go VIRTUAL The health and safeguarding of our community is our highest priority. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020), set to be held on 6-10 July 2020, in San Francisco, will become the first virtual edition of the International AIDS Conference. AIDS 2020: Virtual will enable delegates to access and engage with the latest HIV science, advocacy and knowledge traditionally presented at the conference. It will be a compelling combination of virtual sessions and community networking, including exhibitions, workshops, the Global Village, satellites and pre-conferences, that will reach audiences around the

Advisory for Refugee in Kenya on COVID-19

The Government of Kenya is taking measures to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These include wide information dissemination on how to maintain good hygiene levels, and a ban on gatherings of persons. Information leaflets and posters being provided by the Government have been translated into a number of languages spoken by refugees and have been disseminated within the community. Due to the orders issued by the Government of Kenya, all UNHCR partners and a number of UNHCR staff in Nairobi have been working from home. The below information has been widely disseminated to all refugees and asylum-seekers, and includes contact numbers for emergencies. Individual follow-up

On the 40th Anniversary of the U.S. Refugee Act

Message from African Human Rights Coalition on this Historic anniversary: Today is the 40th anniversary of the Refugee Act, the landmark legislation signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on March 17, 1980, that established the contemporary U.S. refugee resettlement program and asylum system. This legislation reflects the values of the American people. That we are bound to extend basic human rights and protections to refugees and asylum seekers. Now we are struggling with the obscene reality that many of the basic refugee protections codified in the Act are under dangerous threat, which we can blame entirely on this administration, that has sought to impede refugee rights and impacted the

Corona Virus Advisory for LGBTQI Refugees In Kenya

KEEP VISITING KENYAN HEALTH MINISTRIES/ DEPARTMENTS websites to keep updated: HERE AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COALITION: AHRC - COVID-19 Advisory- March 16, 2020. The new Coronavirus – called COVID-19 virus causes fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. There is no need to panic. It is VERY IMPORTANT at this time for community to work cooperatively and in unity. It is VERY IMPORTANT to your health and that of all others to follow the instructions of UNHCR and Government authorities. Keep your eyes open for new directives from authorities. Go to the UNHCR and COUNTRY HEALTH MINISTRIES/ DEPARTMENTS websites to keep updated: Visit the website of the Kenyan Ministry of Health f

Advisory on LGBTI Refugee and UNHCR Dialogue in Kenya

The Refugee Coalition of East Africa (RefCEA), a strong body of refugees representing LGBTQI refuges in Kenya, is proving how dialogue and compromise can lead to solutions, through a series of meetings in Kenya. These meetings are undoubtedly serving the best interests of the tenuous LGBTQI refugee program's ability to survive its stress and tests in the harsh climate of Kenya as a hostile host to LGBTQI refugees. This week the coalition of Community Based Organizations (CBO's) got together in roundtable with UNHCR and partners at Kawangware and Rongai, for the first in a series of ongoing discussions, to try and work out solutions for the impending end to HIAS stipends for many of the LGBTQ

UNHCR Ramps up for COVID-19, Corona Virus

Geneva, 10 March 2020 – The world’s response to the COVID-19 crisis must encompass and focus on all, including those forced to flee their homes. The elderly among the world’s forcibly displaced population are particularly vulnerable, warned today UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, launching its initial COVID-19 appeal. UNHCR is urgently seeking an initial US$33 million to boost the preparedness, prevention and response activities to address the immediate public health needs of refugees prompted by COVID-19. “To date and based on available evidence, there have been no reports of COVID-19 infections among refugees and asylum seekers. However, the virus can affect anyone and it is our collective res

Policies hold key to LGBT rights in Africa

Modern Ghana Reports: Africa's policies hold key to LGBT rights on the continent: here's how - By Boniface Ushie & Chimaraoke Izugbara & Frederick Wekesah - The Conversation-: Questions of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression have continued to divide opinion across the globe. This is primarily driven by legal, cultural and religious beliefs and interpretations. In Africa, colonial-heritage laws have been applied to proscribe and criminalise same-sex relationships, behaviours and expressions. These laws stipulate penalties for same-sex relationships ranging from 10 years to life imprisonment and the death penalty . Some countries, including Uganda , Nigeria and Togo , have pa

Refugee Coalition in Kenya Calls for Stipend Dialogue not Protest

RefCEA Responds to Cessation of Funding with a call for a Community Planning Session Tuesday 10 March 2020, NAIROBI, KENYA - In recent weeks, HIAS (the Refugee Trust of Kenya) announced the cessation of funding for urban refugees located in greater Nairobi. These LGBTQI refugees were transplanted from the refugee camp in Kakuma in late 2018 for reasons concerning security and safety due to the prevalance of homophobic attacks within camp. From the time of relocation to urban Nairobi, HIAS has provided a monthly assistance stipend to those refugees given their lack of (and inability to obtain) working papers rendering them incapable of earning a living through traditional employment. These f

WARNING Regarding Refugee Protests

WARNING: WE ARE URGING LGBTI REFUGEES IN KENYA TO READ OUR ADVISORY BELOW AND CONSIDER REFRAINING FROM PROTESTS ANYWHERE IN KENYA AT THIS TIME WE ARE URGING POTENTIAL FUNDERS OF PROTESTS TO NOTE THIS ADVISORY To ALL refugees in Kenya: Please note that protests, with or without permission of police or authorities, are very dangerous for the following reasons: 1. It is likely it will lead to violence, even if not fault of refugee, potentially resulting in serious injuries 2. It could lead to arrests even if a legal protest 3. There is no bail money to help people out of jail 4. It could lead to dangerous exposure through public outing as LGBTI 5. It could delay your resettlement pro

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