Category: East Africa

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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 [...]
LGBTQ+ Ugandans have key role in push toward AIDS-free nation

LGBTQ+ Ugandans have key role in push toward AIDS-free nation

Uganda has launched an ambitious five-year plan (2020-2025) to reduce new HIV infections among adults and youths by 70 percent. Yet Uganda Aids Commis [...]
To fight AIDS, Uganda finally imports water-based sex lubricants

To fight AIDS, Uganda finally imports water-based sex lubricants

Uganda government has finally allowed the importation and distribution of water-based sex lubricants, an AIDS-fighting device that officials had  shun [...]
Gay rights activists get Covid-19 protective supplies

Gay rights activists get Covid-19 protective supplies

Over 86 LGBTI and mainstream human rights organisations in Uganda have received supplies of Personal Protective Equipment from the human rights organi [...]
Ugandan activists start condom coalition to fight AIDS

Ugandan activists start condom coalition to fight AIDS

LGBT-rights and right-to-health advocates in Uganda have launched a coalition to focus specifically on access and availability of AIDS-fighting condom [...]
Activists to Uganda: $64 fee for Covid-19 tests is ‘suicidal’

Activists to Uganda: $64 fee for Covid-19 tests is ‘suicidal’

Thirty-eight LGBT and right-to-health organisations in Uganda have  issued an open letter to Uganda's health minister, Dr Ruth Aceng, expressing deep [...]
Tanzania tightens LGBT repression ahead of election

Tanzania tightens LGBT repression ahead of election

Tanzanian authorities have reportedly stepped up their restrictions on organizations working to promote the rights and health of LGBT people ahead of [...]
LGBTI in Uganda: How to survive a pandemic

LGBTI in Uganda: How to survive a pandemic

Get ready for "In the Eyes of a Pandemic", a documentary about how the Ugandan LGBTI and sex workers communities are coping with Covid-19. See the tra [...]
Uganda officials ignore criminal summonses for LGBTQ torture

Uganda officials ignore criminal summonses for LGBTQ torture

A Ugandan town councilman and a Ugandan prisons officer each ignored the summons requiring him to show up in court yesterday to face criminal charges [...]
Ugandans face summons over LGBT torture charges

Ugandans face summons over LGBT torture charges

A Ugandan town councilman and a Ugandan prisons officer have been summoned to face criminal charges of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment con [...]
Ugandan candidate Stella Nyanzi appeals for LGBTQ contributions

Ugandan candidate Stella Nyanzi appeals for LGBTQ contributions

Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a Ugandan queer scholar running for Parliament, is seeking campaign contributions from gay celebrities Ellen DeGeneres and Sir Elto [...]
Somaliland: ‘Don’t come back, they’ll kill you for being gay’

Somaliland: ‘Don’t come back, they’ll kill you for being gay’

For 20-year-old Mohamed, a visit to his boyfriend was a dangerous act that risked landing them both in prison and might get them killed. That's gay li [...]
Ugandan LGBT advocate wins HIV/AIDS global award

Ugandan LGBT advocate wins HIV/AIDS global award

Uganda was in the limelight at the just concluded virtual 2020 International AIDS Conference when Ugandan LGBT advocate Susan Atuhura won a prestigiou [...]
UNAIDS chief: We must focus anti-AIDS efforts on stigmatised minorities

UNAIDS chief: We must focus anti-AIDS efforts on stigmatised minorities

The world's fight against HIV / AIDS needs to focus on homosexuals, sex workers, injecting drug users and migrant populations, says the leader of the [...]
Ugandan queer ally Stella Nyanzi leaves academia to focus on politics

Ugandan queer ally Stella Nyanzi leaves academia to focus on politics

Ugandan queer scholar and LGBT ally Dr Stella Nyanzi has resigned from her academic research job at Makerere University in order to campaign for a sea [...]
20 Ugandans sue, citing torture during arrests, in prison

20 Ugandans sue, citing torture during arrests, in prison

Twenty homeless Ugandan youths have sued a Kitalya Prison official and a Ugandan town council chairman who pushed for their arrest March 29 at an LGBT [...]
Sudan drops death penalty for homosexuality

Sudan drops death penalty for homosexuality

The East African nation of Sudan has removed the death penalty as a punishment for homosexuality, leaving life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for [...]
Ugandan LGBTI activist appointed Pan Africa ILGA program manager

Ugandan LGBTI activist appointed Pan Africa ILGA program manager

A Ugandan HIV and LGBTI activist, Richard Lusimbo, has been appointed program manager for Pan Africa ILGA, the LGBTI advocacy organization that serves [...]
In the works: Ugandan human rights defenders protection bill

In the works: Ugandan human rights defenders protection bill

A Ugandan legislator has won parliament's OK to draft and present a Human Rights Defenders Protection Bill. From the African Human Rights M [...]
Released from Ugandan prison, Cosf-20 seek probe of torture

Released from Ugandan prison, Cosf-20 seek probe of torture

Twenty LGBT Ugandans who spent 50 days on remand in a Ugandan prison on Covid-19-related charges have filled a complaint seeking an investigation of t [...]
LGBT refugees coalition condemns Kenya violence

LGBT refugees coalition condemns Kenya violence

A coalition of LGBT refugees in East Africa wants authorities in Kenya and globally to speak out against violence meted out against queer refugees in [...]
Uganda: Court awards $1,341 to each of 19 jailed LGBT youths

Uganda: Court awards $1,341 to each of 19 jailed LGBT youths

A High Court judge in Uganda has awarded damages of 5 million Ugandan shillings (about US $1,341) to each of 19 LGBT youths who were imprisoned for 50 [...]
Day 50: Freedom for 19 LGBT Ugandans, finally

Day 50: Freedom for 19 LGBT Ugandans, finally

Ugandan prison officials finally released 19 LGBT men today, a day after prosecutors dropped charges that the men violated Covid-19 lockdown rules by [...]
Facing no charges, 19 LGBT Ugandans remain in prison

Facing no charges, 19 LGBT Ugandans remain in prison

Nineteen members of Uganda's LGBT community are spending a 50th night in prison even though the country's Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) dropped [...]
Stella Nyanzi, Ugandan LGBT ally, arrested at Covid-19 protest

Stella Nyanzi, Ugandan LGBT ally, arrested at Covid-19 protest

Ugandan LGBT ally and academic scholar Dr Stella Nyanzi was arrested today in Kampala at a public protest demanding food for women and vulnerable peop [...]
Uganda: After 49 days, 19 prisoners ordered to be freed

Uganda: After 49 days, 19 prisoners ordered to be freed

Uganda's director of public prosecution today dropped all charges against 19 LGBT men who have have been held for 49 days in prison without a bail hea [...]
Day 47: Lawyers finally get to see 19 jailed LGBT Ugandans

Day 47: Lawyers finally get to see 19 jailed LGBT Ugandans

Three Ugandan human rights lawyers finally were allowed to see 19 imprisoned LGBT clients today, 47 days after the 19 were arrested. From t [...]
Kenya: Emergency food, supplies reach LGBTQI refugees

Kenya: Emergency food, supplies reach LGBTQI refugees

More than 250 LGBTQI refugees at Kakuma Camp in Kenya have received emergency deliveries of donated food and sanitation supplies. From the [...]
Day 45: Uganda High Court orders access to 19 jailed suspects

Day 45: Uganda High Court orders access to 19 jailed suspects

A High Court Judge in Uganda today ordered the country's Attorney General and the Commissioner of Prisons to allow lawyers to see 19 LGBT clients who [...]
Day 44: Uganda court sets bail hearing for 19 LGBT detainees

Day 44: Uganda court sets bail hearing for 19 LGBT detainees

A magistrate in Uganda has ordered prison authorities to produce 19 members of the LGBT community who have been on remand since March, charged with vi [...]
Trans appeal: Homeless, jobless, under threat in Kenya. Please help!

Trans appeal: Homeless, jobless, under threat in Kenya. Please help!

Trans and intersex Kenyans have banded together to create a better future for themselves. But first they need to survive the perils of the Covid-19 lo [...]
Trans Kenyans ‘extremely vulnerable’ during lockdown

Trans Kenyans ‘extremely vulnerable’ during lockdown

Lockdowns to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus are tough on transgender people, who have difficulty getting health care, including hormone therapy [...]
Uganda 19 update: 44 days in prison with no lawyers, no bail hearing

Uganda 19 update: 44 days in prison with no lawyers, no bail hearing

A High Court judge said the case is urgent, but a lower court didn't budge, deciding today that 19 LGBT community members will have to stay in prison [...]
Covid-19: Ugandan activists condemn attacks targeting women

Covid-19: Ugandan activists condemn attacks targeting women

Advocates for human rights, LGBT people and sex workers last week denounced raids, arrests, extortion, and attacks by Ugandan police and officials enf [...]
After month of delays, 19 Covid prisoners’ case is ‘urgent’ — Ugandan High Court

After month of delays, 19 Covid prisoners’ case is ‘urgent’ — Ugandan High Court

A High Court judge in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, has issued a Certificate of Urgency that clears the way for a lower court to hear a case in which [...]
The Uganda 19: Lawyers barred; no chance of bail; 26 days in prison and counting

The Uganda 19: Lawyers barred; no chance of bail; 26 days in prison and counting

Ugandan officials have blocked lawyers from communicating with any of the 19 prisoners arrested March 29 at an LGBT homeless shelter near Kampala. The [...]
No end in sight for Tanzania’s anti-LGBT crackdown

No end in sight for Tanzania’s anti-LGBT crackdown

Four years ago, the Tanzanian government began its crackdown on its LGBTQ citizens. The repression has never stopped. From the African Human R [...]
Desperate LGBTQ refugee hangs himself outside U.N. agency in Kenya

Desperate LGBTQ refugee hangs himself outside U.N. agency in Kenya

A desperate Ugandan LGBTQ refugee committed suicide outside the U.N. refugee agency in Nairobi on April 13 after he failed to win financial assistance [...]
New Ugandan rules allow HIV care during lockdown

New Ugandan rules allow HIV care during lockdown

LGBTI and health rights activists in Uganda have welcomed new guidance from Uganda's Ministry of Health about continued uninterrupted access to anti-H [...]
Uganda: Barred from seeing 20 prisoners, lawyers seek their release

Uganda: Barred from seeing 20 prisoners, lawyers seek their release

Gay-friendly lawyers hope to win release next week for the 20 imprisoned members of the LGBT community awaiting trial on charges of enabling the sprea [...]
No lawyers for 20 LGBT Ugandans in prison on Covid-19 charges

No lawyers for 20 LGBT Ugandans in prison on Covid-19 charges

Lawyers cannot travel during Uganda's Covid-19 lockdown, so legal help is currently unavailable for 20 members of the LGBT community sent back to pris [...]
Uganda activists fear Covid-19 lockdown imperils AIDS fight

Uganda activists fear Covid-19 lockdown imperils AIDS fight

LGBT-rights and health-rights advocates in Uganda fear that the country's new lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19 will disrupt their fight agai [...]
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