Category: East Africa

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EU calls for urgent revision of Uganda’s anti-LGBTQI laws

EU calls for urgent revision of Uganda’s anti-LGBTQI laws

The European Union strongly criticized Uganda’s harsh laws against homosexuality, calling for their urgent revision and a strategy to combat discrimin [...]
At Kakuma Camp, Kenya offers to guard LGBTQ+ refugees, but …

At Kakuma Camp, Kenya offers to guard LGBTQ+ refugees, but …

Officials of Kenya's refugee agency promised to deploy guards to protect LGBTQ+ refugees at Kakuma Refugee Camp after a meeting on Feb. 19 at which re [...]
Plea to U.N. agency: Save LGBTQ refugees from violent Kakuma Camp

Plea to U.N. agency: Save LGBTQ refugees from violent Kakuma Camp

Two LGBTQ advocacy organisations have called on the UN Refugee Agency to protect LGBTQ refugees experiencing violence in the Kakuma Refugee Camp. [...]
Controversial Ugandan ally Stella Nyanzi flees to Kenya

Controversial Ugandan ally Stella Nyanzi flees to Kenya

Ugandan LGBTQ+ ally, academic and controversial political activist Stella Nyanzi has fled to Kenya for safety, citing persecution by President Yoweri [...]
Uganda: Electoral defeat for 2 notoriously anti-gay officials

Uganda: Electoral defeat for 2 notoriously anti-gay officials

In the Jan. 14 election, Ugandan voters rejected two politicians who are notorious for homophobic attacks against the LGBT community. Get a f [...]
Uganda loses liberal judge who asked ‘What’s wrong with lesbian sex?’

Uganda loses liberal judge who asked ‘What’s wrong with lesbian sex?’

A Ugandan high court judge who questioned hate and bigotry has passed on. Subscribe for free. See more from the African Human Rights Media [...]
10 years on: Celebrating David Kato, other LGBT Ugandans we’ve lost

10 years on: Celebrating David Kato, other LGBT Ugandans we’ve lost

Gay rights activists and human rights defenders in Uganda today marked the 10th Annual Kuchu Remembrance Day in memory of David Kato Kisule (RIP) and [...]
LGBT Ugandans: Our health depends on trans nominee in U.S.

LGBT Ugandans: Our health depends on trans nominee in U.S.

Gay rights activists in Uganda have welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden's nomination of Dr. Rachel Levine for the position of assistant secretary of hea [...]
Ugandan archbishop banned; ‘adultery is as bad as homosexuality’

Ugandan archbishop banned; ‘adultery is as bad as homosexuality’

Stanley Ntagali, the homophobic retired archbishop of the Church of Uganda, has been banned from carrying out any priestly work following the revelati [...]
Gay rights ally Stella Nyanzi concedes defeat in Uganda race

Gay rights ally Stella Nyanzi concedes defeat in Uganda race

Dr Stella Nyanzi, a Ugandan gay ally and academic researcher who resigned her job at the country's top Makerere University to compete in the recently [...]
Homophobic Tanzanians hit with last-minute U.S. visa restrictions

Homophobic Tanzanians hit with last-minute U.S. visa restrictions

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used some of his last minutes in office to impose visa restrictions on Tanzanian officials "responsible f [...]
Ugandan activists dejected about homophobic Museveni’s grip on power

Ugandan activists dejected about homophobic Museveni’s grip on power

Ugandan human rights activists are trying to come to grips with the declaration that President Yoweri Museveni easily won re-election last week after [...]
2020 was a ‘dark’ year for the LGBTQI community in Uganda

2020 was a ‘dark’ year for the LGBTQI community in Uganda

The safety of sexual minority communities in Uganda has been a big concern for years, but 2020 will go down as one of their "darkest" years, especiall [...]
Uganda election: Challenger cites issues; president cites homosexuals

Uganda election: Challenger cites issues; president cites homosexuals

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has again injected the issue of homosexuality into his reelection campaign. Challenger Bobi Wine declared it an atte [...]
Repression in Sudan creates an LGBTQ+ underground

Repression in Sudan creates an LGBTQ+ underground

Sudan is making slow progress, but at least three Sudanese LGBTQ+ organizations can only do their work in secret -- - illegally and with no bank accou [...]
Uganda: Media bias leads to harassment of trans women

Uganda: Media bias leads to harassment of trans women

COMMENTARY. Prejudiced media reporting sets the stage for the ongoing problem of Ugandan transgender women being harassed and stigmatized. From [...]
Businesses of at-risk Ugandans will get Covid-19 aid

Businesses of at-risk Ugandans will get Covid-19 aid

Uganda is among five countries that will benefit from a new fund which will support social entrepreneurs and micro-businesses owned by key populations [...]
LGBTQI advocate Richard Lusimbo honored for fighting HIV stigma

LGBTQI advocate Richard Lusimbo honored for fighting HIV stigma

LGBTQI advocate Richard Lusimbo is one of six Ugandans recognized by the International Community of Women Living with HIV / Eastern Africa (ICWEA) for [...]
Uganda: Rights lawyer freed on bail after week in prison

Uganda: Rights lawyer freed on bail after week in prison

Ugandan human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo was released on bail today after being held in prison for a week while he was denied access to a court that [...]
Ugandan-born trans woman wins Canadian award

Ugandan-born trans woman wins Canadian award

Ugandan-born LGBTQI+ activist, refugee and trans woman Christopher Nkambwe is the winner of the prestigious Community One Foundation’s Steinert & [...]
Uganda: Delays leave human rights lawyer in prison without bail

Uganda: Delays leave human rights lawyer in prison without bail

Ugandan officials today extended the pre-trial detention of human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo by scheduling his case in the courtroom of a judge with [...]
Botswana president: We’ll host 2021 AIDS conference

Botswana president: We’ll host 2021 AIDS conference

The president of Botswana announced on Facebook that Botswana will host next year's African ICASA 2021 anti-AIDS conference, which was taken away from [...]
Uganda police seize human rights lawyer probing violence

Uganda police seize human rights lawyer probing violence

Ugandan police today seized human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo from a restaurant where he was eating, forced him into a van and drove away with him. [...]
Despite police brutality, Uganda wants to host AIDS conference

Despite police brutality, Uganda wants to host AIDS conference

Activists fighting against AIDS and for human rights in Uganda are pushing to reverse the decision to move next year's African AIDS conference out of [...]
Uganda: COSF 20 human rights abuse case adjourned to March

Uganda: COSF 20 human rights abuse case adjourned to March

A Ugandan court has adjourned to March 2021 a case in which 20 LGBT youths are suing a prisons official and a municipal authority leader over torture [...]
Appeal to journalists: Report accurately about LGBT Ugandans

Appeal to journalists: Report accurately about LGBT Ugandans

Journalists and social media writers need to do a better job of reporting accurately and consistently about LGBT Ugandans. That was the call made by V [...]
Violence in Uganda: Anti-AIDS conference cancels 2021 plans

Violence in Uganda: Anti-AIDS conference cancels 2021 plans

The sponsors of the African anti-AIDS conference ICASA have decided to move the gathering out of Uganda because of civil unrest there. A petition by h [...]
Poverty is not a crime: African Court rules against vagrancy laws

Poverty is not a crime: African Court rules against vagrancy laws

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights has unanimously ruled against ‘vagrancy’ laws that are used by post-independence former colonies to vic [...]
Ugandan activists call for decriminalization to fight AIDS

Ugandan activists call for decriminalization to fight AIDS

To combat AIDS, Uganda should decriminalize same-sex relations, sex work and individual drug use, according to a World AIDS Day statement from the Uga [...]
Police brutality: Activists demand ICASA boycott of Uganda

Police brutality: Activists demand ICASA boycott of Uganda

African human rights defenders are seeking to move the preeminent African anti-AIDS conference out of Uganda because of human rights abuses by Uganda' [...]
Advocates to Biden: Here’s how to fix Trump’s LGBTI abuses abroad

Advocates to Biden: Here’s how to fix Trump’s LGBTI abuses abroad

LGBTI and human rights advocates at the Council for Global Equality have pointed advice for how the upcoming Biden-Harris administration can undo anti [...]
Uganda gays, key populations elect members of health panel

Uganda gays, key populations elect members of health panel

LGBTQ+ Ugandans, sex workers and other Ugandans most at risk of HIV infections have elected their two representatives to the panel overseeing health p [...]
Homophobic Tanzania seeks close ties to gay-friendly Joe Biden

Homophobic Tanzania seeks close ties to gay-friendly Joe Biden

The homophobic Tanzanian President, Dr John Magufuli, has sent a belated congratulatory message to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-e [...]
LGBTIQ activist Po Kimani needs our help to battle cancer

LGBTIQ activist Po Kimani needs our help to battle cancer

A prominent Kenyan LGBTIQ rights and social justice activist is undergoing cancer treatment for the fourth time, and friends have issued a call to sup [...]
Dutch claim: Criminals help Ugandan asylum seekers appear gay

Dutch claim: Criminals help Ugandan asylum seekers appear gay

Immigration officials in the Netherlands say a criminal network has been charging Ugandan refugees about 2,500 euros ($3,000) to help them qualify for [...]
Criticised for LGBT repression, Tanzania leader wins re-election

Criticised for LGBT repression, Tanzania leader wins re-election

Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli, whose government has been accused of repeated violations of LGBT people's rights, today (Nov. 5) was sworn in [...]
Trans woman among four activists eyeing Uganda health posts

Trans woman among four activists eyeing Uganda health posts

Three LGBT activists and one defender of drug users' human rights  have expressed interest in representing Ugandans most at risk of HIV infection on t [...]
LGBT Ugandans to elect members of national health panel

LGBT Ugandans to elect members of national health panel

Ugandan homosexuals, sex workers, drug users and other key populations at higher risk of contracting HIV are set to elect new representatives to the G [...]
Online uproar over Ugandan lesbian couple’s wedding photo

Online uproar over Ugandan lesbian couple’s wedding photo

A photograph of Ugandan gospel singer Julie Mutesasira kissing her female partner after their wedding was still trending online in Uganda a week after [...]
Report: Uganda Police are No. 1 violator of LGBT people’s rights

Report: Uganda Police are No. 1 violator of LGBT people’s rights

The Uganda Police Force is the single biggest violator of human rights of sexual minorities, a new report found. From the African Human Right [...]
U.S. election: Biden pledges to act against anti-gay nations

U.S. election: Biden pledges to act against anti-gay nations

U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden says that, if elected on Nov. 3, he will "restore America's global leadership on LGBTQ+ issues and actively comb [...]
Uganda survey: Covid-19 exposes LGBTQI people to more danger

Uganda survey: Covid-19 exposes LGBTQI people to more danger

The Ugandan government's response to Covid-19 has put the already vulnerable LGBTQI community at greater risk. A study proposes ways to reduce those r [...]
Homeless LGBTQ persons in Uganda get shelters

Homeless LGBTQ persons in Uganda get shelters

LGBTQ rights activists have opened a total of five shelters to house homeless LGBTQ persons in Uganda. From the African Human Rights Media [...]
Two Ugandan officials now risk arrest on charges of torturing LGBT youths

Two Ugandan officials now risk arrest on charges of torturing LGBT youths

Arrest warrants have been issued against two Ugandan officials who repeatedly ignored orders to appear in court to answer charges of torturing LGBT yo [...]
Kenya: Prosecutor must use trans woman’s chosen name

Kenya: Prosecutor must use trans woman’s chosen name

A Kenyan court has directed the prosecution to respect a trans woman's gender identity and stop referring to her by her birth name. From the [...]
Uganda milestone: LGBTQI+ advocates welcome HRAPF’s permanent home

Uganda milestone: LGBTQI+ advocates welcome HRAPF’s permanent home

The Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) has been lauded by LGBTQI+ rights advocates and allies in Uganda for acquiring a new and perman [...]
Ugandan gay ally Sylvia Tamale: How to revive African ideals of social justice

Ugandan gay ally Sylvia Tamale: How to revive African ideals of social justice

It's time for Africans to shake off the lessons of colonialism and revive  African ideals of social justice, Ugandan scholar and LGBTQI+ ally Dr. Sylv [...]
Charged with torture, anti-gay Ugandan officials begin their defense

Charged with torture, anti-gay Ugandan officials begin their defense

Attorneys for homophobic Ugandan officials facing criminal charges of torture and inhumane and degrading treatment began revealing their defense strat [...]
‘Kill the Gays’ bill author David Bahati wins primary election

‘Kill the Gays’ bill author David Bahati wins primary election

David Bahati, the homophobic Ugandan member of parliament best known as the author of the 2014 bill that originally called for the death penalty for h [...]
Lawsuit seeks to block Ugandan clampdown on online news

Lawsuit seeks to block Ugandan clampdown on online news

Less than five months before elections, the Ugandan government has banned political rallies and is seeking to control online communications -- a move [...]
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