UNHCR deplores tensed situation in Kakuma, renews call for dialogue and peaceful solutions

Statement from UNHCR: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, expressed today its concerns about the increasingly tensed situation involving a group of some 20 refugees who self-identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex (LGBTI) in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. In total, there are nearly 300 LGBTI refugees and asylum-seekers currently living in Kakuma, and in total some 1,000 across Kenya, which remains the only country in the region to provide asylum to those fleeing persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. While the vast majority live in relative safety, this small group of individuals has been reporting security incidents and asking to be urgently re

Uganda Summons Officials with Criminal Charges in COSF Torture Case

With the Men Perceived as LGBTI - All said and done if ever there is a case exposing the exploitation of criminalization of gay people, this is that case. It is time for all countries to decriminalize sexuality and gender identity. SEE REPORT HERE. On May 20, I reported in an article entitled, "Ugandan LGBTI Detainees Released from Prison after 49 Days of Hell and Torture" about 19 young men from the Children of the Sun Foundation (COSF), who had spent 49 days of hell and torture in Kitalya Prison, Uganda, where they were denied the right to lawyer visits and experienced horrendous torture at the hands of Police. The beatings and cruel treatment commenced with a raid headed by the Chairman o

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