Category Archives: Africa (Sub Saharan)

99 who are in prison for being gay, 148 more awaiting trial

Worldwide, at least 99 people are currently in prison for allegedly violating laws that punish those who are born gay, lesbian or bisexual. In addition, at least 148 other people are awaiting trial on charges related to homosexuality. Those are … Continue reading

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Sierra Leone threat: Stop activism or we’ll spread ebola rumor

Front Line Defenders, which supports human rights activists, issued this press release on Aug. 28: Sierra Leone – Threats against human rights defender Ms Mary Conteh On 28 August 2014, human rights defender Ms Mary Conteh received a call from … Continue reading

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Ghana student faces anti-gay threats, so police arrest him

Police in northern Ghana in West Africa have arrested a 21-year-old student in response to area residents’ threats that they would kill him for wearing women’s clothing, having gay sex and seeking gay partners. The police commander in the small … Continue reading

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Comment: Africa isn’t anti-gay, ‘just hopelessly confused’

An insightful commentary in the pan-African publication Mail & Guardian Africa notes not only that African countries are far from united in their attitudes toward homosexuality, but also that many individual countries have self-contradictory laws. An excerpt from the article … Continue reading

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Ugandan appeal: Police probe of disputed, alleged murders

Leaders of LGBT rights groups in Uganda have asked Ugandan police to investigate reports that seven LGBT people have been stoned to death or burned alive in rural sections of the country in recent weeks. Kampala-based LGBT organizations believe that … Continue reading

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Uganda: Setback for anti-gay group, but also for AIDS fight

Uganda remains a hot spot in the battles against AIDS and for justice for LGBTI people.  Three examples in recent days: Cut in U.S. aid hobbles anti-gay religious council The anti-gay Inter-Religious Council of Uganda has laid off all its … Continue reading

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Hostile reception for Kenyan bill to stone gays

Members of the Kenyan parliament have  spurned a proposal to enact a harsh new anti-homosexuality law. The bill, proposed by the tiny Republican Liberty Party, which has no elected members in parliament, would have imposed new punishments for same-sex relations … Continue reading

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