Category: East Africa

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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 [...]
New Uganda archbishop is less extreme but nixes same-sex marriage

New Uganda archbishop is less extreme but nixes same-sex marriage

The new Archbishop of the Church of Uganda has dropped the most homophobic rhetoric that used to flow from the archbishop's office. Still, he used his [...]
Kenya: LGBTQ refugees face cutbacks; how to respond

Kenya: LGBTQ refugees face cutbacks; how to respond

Organizations that assist LGBTQ refugees in Kenya are preparing to stop paying financial support for refugees in Kenyan cities, a decision that has th [...]
‘Uganda will never accept same-sex marriages’ – outgoing Anglican Archbishop

‘Uganda will never accept same-sex marriages’ – outgoing Anglican Archbishop

The homophobic outgoing archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali, used his final Sunday service to declare that Uganda will not be intimida [...]
Uganda: On trial after marrying a man, Muslim cleric released on bail

Uganda: On trial after marrying a man, Muslim cleric released on bail

A magistrate in Uganda has released on bail the Muslim cleric Sheikh Mohammed Mutumba, who is accused of marrying a fellow man. From the Afri [...]
Chaos, gunshots after Uganda court releases LGBT ally

Chaos, gunshots after Uganda court releases LGBT ally

Ugandan LGBTQ ally Stella Nyanzi was ordered freed today after she had served 15 months in prison for insulting Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and [...]
Tanzania’s anti-LGBT crackdown: ‘If we won’t get services we will die’

Tanzania’s anti-LGBT crackdown: ‘If we won’t get services we will die’

Tanzania is ignoring effective anti-AIDS strategies and replacing them with a prejudiced anti-gay crackdown. That's the conclusion of a new report fro [...]
Uganda Muslim pleads innocent at trial after marrying a man

Uganda Muslim pleads innocent at trial after marrying a man

A Ugandan Muslim cleric accused of marrying a fellow man -- “unknowingly,” he says -- has pleaded not guilty to charges of having carnal knowledge aga [...]
Uganda HIV stigma drops, but it’s still high against gays

Uganda HIV stigma drops, but it’s still high against gays

Stigma against HIV+ homosexuals and sex workers in Uganda is almost six times greater than stigma faced by HIV+ Ugandans in general, a new survey foun [...]
Anti-gay Tanzania official blocked by United States

Anti-gay Tanzania official blocked by United States

The U.S. Department of State has barred a Tanzanian official who launched an anti-gay crackdown from visiting the United States. From the Afr [...]
Muslim cleric back in Ugandan jail awaiting trial for marrying a man

Muslim cleric back in Ugandan jail awaiting trial for marrying a man

Muslim cleric Mohammed Mutumba was sent back to prison today because officials at a Ugandan court couldn't get their signals straight. He will have to [...]
Ugandan LGBT activists celebrate David Kato on Kuchu Memorial Day

Ugandan LGBT activists celebrate David Kato on Kuchu Memorial Day

Human rights defenders in Uganda have earmarked Jan. 26 as Kuchu Memorial Day to remember and celebrate the life of David Kato and other LGBT human ri [...]
Uganda: Muslim cleric in prison awaiting trial for marrying fellow man

Uganda: Muslim cleric in prison awaiting trial for marrying fellow man

A Ugandan magistrate has sent a Muslim cleric back to prison to await trial on charges of homosexuality despite the imam's protestation that he marrie [...]
U.N. promises one-on-one attention to Kenya refugees

U.N. promises one-on-one attention to Kenya refugees

It's wait-and-see time for LGBTQ refugees who took refuge at the main gate of the huge Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. From the African Human [...]
Ugandan pastor apologises for sodomy smear

Ugandan pastor apologises for sodomy smear

In a rare change of heart among Ugandan evangelical Christian leaders, prominent Pastor Michael Kyazze has publicly apologised to his fellow pastor, R [...]
Uganda: Muslim cleric suspended for marrying fellow man ‘unknowingly’

Uganda: Muslim cleric suspended for marrying fellow man ‘unknowingly’

In a case likely to test the limits of tolerance of same-sex intimacy among Ugandan Muslims, an Islamic religious leader has been suspended from all h [...]
Kenya: Renewed attack on LGBTQ refugees as U.N. refuses to act

Kenya: Renewed attack on LGBTQ refugees as U.N. refuses to act

The U.N. refugee agency remained frozen in denial of the dangers facing LGBTQ refugees even as anti-gay assailants launched an organized attack yester [...]
U.N. denies water to refugees to move them back into danger

U.N. denies water to refugees to move them back into danger

The U.N. refugee agency is denying water to LGBTQ refugees so they will return to locations in the Kakuma Camp in Kenya where they have been repeatedl [...]
Kenya: Call for probe of U.N. agency as anti-gay attacks continue

Kenya: Call for probe of U.N. agency as anti-gay attacks continue

Attacks on LGBTIQ refugees in Kenya continued as 2019 came to an end amid calls for an investigation into inaction or worse by the U.N. High Commissio [...]
Anti-gay violence remains a danger in Africa and worldwide

Anti-gay violence remains a danger in Africa and worldwide

Year in review: Despite signs of progress, 2019 remained a dangerous time for LGBTQ people in Africa and worldwide.   In the United S [...]
Gay refugees in Kenya: Repeatedly attacked, unable to leave

Gay refugees in Kenya: Repeatedly attacked, unable to leave

On Christmas Day, LGBT refugees in Kenya again were the targets of homophobic attacks. It was just the latest outrage against LGBT asylum-seekers who [...]
Activist Stella Nyanzi in good spirits after a year in prison

Activist Stella Nyanzi in good spirits after a year in prison

Imprisoned Ugandan LGBTQ ally Stella Nyanzi remains in good spirits after spending a year behind bars for her rude opposition to Ugandan President Yow [...]
U.S. ambassadors seek repeal of 69 nations’ anti-gay laws

U.S. ambassadors seek repeal of 69 nations’ anti-gay laws

U.S. ambassadors are promoting LGBTQ rights worldwide even as gay-rights activists blast the Trump administration for anti-LGBTQ domestic policies. [...]
Uganda challenger Bobi Wine supports gay rights

Uganda challenger Bobi Wine supports gay rights

Popular singer and Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine (Robert Kyagulanyi) this week spoke out in defense of LGBT rights, an issue that divides [...]
When will LGBTIQ Ugandan prisoners be released?

When will LGBTIQ Ugandan prisoners be released?

Lawyers for imprisoned LGBTIQ Ugandans hope that tomorrow, Nov. 26, will see the release of the last 20 people detained at Luzira Prison in the wake o [...]
Uganda, you promised to protect LGBTIQ people, so why arrest 125 of us?

Uganda, you promised to protect LGBTIQ people, so why arrest 125 of us?

In the wake of a raid that arrested 125 people partying at a gay-friendly bar, LGBTIQ activists are calling on Ugandan officials to make good on a rec [...]
Dozens in Uganda prison after anti-LGBTI nightclub raid

Dozens in Uganda prison after anti-LGBTI nightclub raid

Ugandan authorities have sent 67 people to Luzira Prison to await court action related to their arrest during a Nov. 10 raid on the gay-friendly Ram b [...]
Ugandan vies for global parliament post where LGBT rights are shunned

Ugandan vies for global parliament post where LGBT rights are shunned

A Ugandan has been nominated to a leadership position at the Inter-Parliamentary Union a year after Uganda persuaded the IPU never to discuss LGBT rig [...]
Uganda: Two trans women brutally attacked; one is missing

Uganda: Two trans women brutally attacked; one is missing

Transgender women in Uganda are living in fear after a brutal attack on two trans women Oct. 12 in Kampala, which came amid renewed calls by some of t [...]
Uganda: Officials disagree on need for a new anti-gay bill

Uganda: Officials disagree on need for a new anti-gay bill

Ugandan officials are divided over whether to bother introducing a new Anti-Homosexuality Bill. From the African Human Rights Media Network [...]
Uganda: U.S. reassures local LGBT community of health inclusion

Uganda: U.S. reassures local LGBT community of health inclusion

We haven't forgotten about you. That's the word to the LGBT community in Uganda, even though the latest national HIV impact survey contains no data a [...]
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