Murder of George Floyd Reflects an America Unsafe for African Refugees and Asylum Seekers

African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC) Statement on how the Murder of George Floyd Denotes America Unsafe for Refugees and Asylum Seekers from African Countries at this time: African Human Rights Coalition expressed its condolences and outrage on social media the moment we saw the video evidencing the cold blooded murder of George Floyd, a black man under the knee of a white police officer and those complicit. While we commended the immediate firing of the now ex-officer, we could not fathom that he was not arrested immediately as a dangerous suspect to a violent killing. It took too many days before he was arrested and charged. And his accomplices remain unjustly free. In our work with LGBTI

AHRC On the Passing of Larry Kramer

Today Larry Kramer, an American playwright, author, film producer, public health advocate, and LGBTI rights activist passed away age 84. His rage at the dilatory and negligent handling of HIV/AIDS in the 1980's, most notably at the silence, inspired his revolutionary stance and an entire movement that brought crucial life saving change. LINK WIKIPEDIA HERE. Marc Cohen, Director of Humanitarian Programs form African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC), noted that "AHRC joins the global community in celebrating the life of humanitarian, activist & human rights defender, Larry Kramer, whose voice, dedication & tireless leadership inspired life saving action & change." African Human Rights Coalition m

DHS and CDC Exploiting COVID-19 Against Asylum Seekers and Children

Today African Human Rights Coalition joined 258 legal, faith-based, humanitarian, human rights, and community organizations, many of which advocate on behalf of asylum seekers, immigrants, unaccompanied children, and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, in writing to the U.S. DHS and CDC's Acting Secretary Chuck Wolf and Director Robert Redfield, respectively, strenuously objecting to the Trump administration's exploitation of the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext to implement indefinite, illegal and life- threatening restrictions on humanitarian protections at the southern U.S. border. The letter with all signatories, is posted online here.

Truth: AHRC Does Not Require WAIVERS for Food Distribution

African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC) would like to clarify harmful messaging that is being put out to refugees: 1. No one is required to sign a waiver to AHRC in order to receive food. Anyone who tells you that is misinformed and is not telling the truth! NOTE THE ONLY time we ask for waivers is when we represent a refugee in advocacy matters or make inquiries on their behalf at their request with back up e-mails to prove this, and this is a requirement on the part of agencies we deal with, such as UNHCR, who will not discuss a case unless there is a waiver of confidentiality. It is explained to the refugee before they sign and they are at liberty to decide whether or not they want to s

Call to Action for U.S. Congress to Help Refugees in COVID-19 Planning

You can Help by taking action together: Right now, Members of Congress are again discussing legislation to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. We must make sure that refugees are included in receiving that support. Ask your senator to include refugees in COVID-19 relief legislation. The economic effects of this crisis are disproportionate, and refugees have been amongst the hardest-hit, experiencing high levels of unemployment and economic uncertainty. Like all Americans who are struggling, they deserve help from a country that has become their own. Across the United States, refugees are part of the front-line response to this crisis — as nurses, eldercare workers, grocery store own


IDAHOT - International Day Against Transphobia and Homophobia, IDAHOT: 2020 Theme BREAK THE SILENCE Today, May 17th is the day millions of people around the world commemorate IDAHOT, a special day, to raise awareness and commit further to impact the right to liberty, equality, justice and happiness for LGBTI people around the globe. However violence and discrimination still plagues LGBTI people around the world. Today at African HRC we are imploring all people around the world, especially those in leadership positions, such as presidents, parliamentarians, religious leaders, and those actively promoting violence and discrimination through state sanctioned homophobia and transphobia, to immed

Advisory STOP BULLYING: Slander, Vilification, Lies, Hate Inciting Violence on Social Media Crimes i

We are posting this because we care about the integrity of the refugee program for LGBTQI refugees in Kenya. And also because we want to mitigate cyber-bullying and the danger it brings for all. The screenshots below are examples of what could be construed, in each instance as a crime. The example reflects one LGBTQI refugee in Kenya attacking another LGBTI refugee in Kenya. Under Kenyan law it is a crime under Secs 22 and 23 of the Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Act of 2018 to defame, express hateful speech, vilify, lie or incite violence against an individual, with a punishment that varies between stiff fines and/or 2- 10 years in prison, depending on the facts and the severity. The ACT

COVID-19 Emergency Food for LGBTQI Refugees in Kakuma Camp

African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC) would like to thank all partners, donors and refugees involved in the various COVID-19 emergency related food and sanitization distributions at Kakuma Camp during April and May. Ongoing link to further donations for the COVID-19 Emergency Response is HERE. In a well-planned and coordinated effort, African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC) in partnership with ALLOUT and REFCEA, delivered hundreds of pounds of food and supplies to over 250 LGBTQI refugees in Kakuma Camp Kenya. The distribution was facilitated through agents on the ground, reporting back the success of the initiative. The planning for the initiative and fundraising campaign, through the auspi

Lawsuit Filed as the U.S. Withholds Muslim and Africa Travel Ban Information

State Department, CBP Illegally Withholding Records on Immigration Ban Waivers and Purported “Worldwide Review” Washington, DC — Today, Muslim Advocates and the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) sued the U.S. State Department and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol for failing to respond to a records request for essential information about the Trump administration’s expanded Muslim Ban, Presidential Proclamation 9983. This expanded ban targets nationals of six African and Asian nations, most with significant Muslim populations, for severe restrictions on their travel to the U.S. In February, the groups filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking information on the


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