Category Archives: Africa (Sub Saharan)

UNHCHR alarmed at LGBT arrests, detentions in Gambia

Today, the Office of the recently appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,  Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, issued a Press Release on LGBT in The Gambia. He strongly condemns the harsh new law in The Gambia as well as the violence and … Continue reading

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Gambia must stop wave of homophobic arrests and torture

Editor’s Note: Amnesty International issued this important news release on the Gambia on 18 November 2014.  We republish a very slightly edited version here.  The unedited news release may be viewed here. By Amnesty International Press Office in London, UK. The … Continue reading

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2 low-risk ways to seek LGBT rights in Africa

Suzanne Nossel, a former U.S. diplomat, proposes two tactics could save the lives of LGBT people in anti-gay countries, especially in Africa, as the battle against homophobia continues there.  She proposes: Listen to local activists Enlist local straight allies Nossel … Continue reading

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Burundi: Harassment, then support for young lesbian

This young woman’s story from Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, comes courtesy of Quebec City-based journalist Ruby Pratka, who publishes the blog Year of No Fear. In Burundi, same-sex intimacy is punishable by up to two years in prison. Dominique’s … Continue reading

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Canadian tax-funded academic boosts Tanzanian homophobia

Throughout Tanzania, male same-gender intimacy carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, and according to reports, Canadian taxpayer-funded academic and Anglican theologian Dr. Gary Badcock is urging them to keep it that way. A Canadian English teacher reported about Dr. … Continue reading

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Report: Total of Gambia’s anti-gay arrests reaches 8

A police sweep of suspected LGBT people continued in Gambia, with a total of five men, three women and one teenage boy all in custody, according to the Fatu Radio website, run by Fatu (Fatou) Camara, a journalist and former … Continue reading

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Victory in court for Botswana LGBTI rights group

The LGBTI rights group Legabibo won a crucial legal victory this week at the High Court in Botswana, gaining the right to be legally registered as an independent organization. Coverage of the achievement is here: “LEGABIBO triumphs in Botswana court” … Continue reading

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