Tag Archives: Africa

Activist: Cheers, fears over historic African resolution

Much work needs to be done throughout Africa to follow up on an African Commission resolution opposing violence and human rights violations against sexual minorities, says Juliet Mphande, a human rights, media and peace activist from Zambia. In this commentary, … Continue reading

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Nigerian activist: Focus on LGBT rights is not enough

Gay activists in Africa need to focus on more than just LGBT rights, says  Cheikh Eteka Traore, leader of a Nigerian LGBT rights coalition opposing that country’s new anti-gay law. Focusing on a broader range of issues is a strength … Continue reading

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African signers of Mayibuye Pledge vow to work for justice

In preparation for Africa Day on May 25, a group of human rights activists is promoting a pledge in which Africans resolve to work toward social and economic justice in the continent, including an end to violence against women and … Continue reading

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African Commission backs LGBT rights

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights recently adopted  a ground-breaking resolution against violence and other human rights violations committed against people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).  BuzzFeed reported: “It is a big … Continue reading

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Anti-gay fervor in Uganda hurts region’s AIDS projects

Uganda’s new anti-gay law has laid the groundwork for crackdowns by police and government officials that have begun to curtail scientific research on HIV/AIDS in Uganda and in other parts of East Africa. AIDS fighters end up working in the … Continue reading

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New fund aims to help endangered LGBT people flee

Denis LeBlanc, Editor A new emergency fund is seeking contributions to help LGBT people and allies flee from “immediate threats of arrest, attacks, violence and persecution in countries where harsh laws have fostered a climate of extreme homophobia.” This global, … Continue reading

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African LGBTI activists unite at Nairobi conference

About 150 activists from throughout Africa  revived the continent’s LGBTI rights organization last month at a conference held in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference of Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) provided a regional platform to discuss issues affecting LGBTI people in Africa, … Continue reading

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