Tag Archives: United States

Anti-gay Anglicans blast archbishop for friendly chats in U.S.

The idea that anti-gay African Christians could be friends with gay-affirming church leaders in the United States is “offensive,” “unbiblical,” and “a tremendous obstacle,” according to hard-line anti-gay Anglican leaders in Africa. In a letter to Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi of … Continue reading

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Gambia: Grim tale of torture; man expects to die in captivity

By Colin Stewart A man arrested on homosexuality charges in the Gambia has apparently been tortured and now has been locked in a heavily guarded hospital room where he expects to die, according to an eyewitness and a second source. … Continue reading

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Activists want Gambia’s president banned from USA

A coalition of fourteen organisations joined forces to write to President Obama last week requesting the United States hold “President Yahya Jammeh and his associates accountable for their deplorable human rights record,” particularly with regard to LGBT people in the … Continue reading

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United States takes action against Gambia, South Sudan

BuzzFeed’s J. Lester Feder reported late today that the United States has dropped The Gambia from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a free-trade agreement launched in 2000, because of the crackdown on LGBTI rights as well as other … Continue reading

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Seeking African dialogue on behalf of LGBT Zambians

Chalwe Charles Mwansa, a human rights defender and LGBT activist from Zambia, says that his country, and other African countries, need “an African-centered dialogue that tackles the social and political issues that currently drive homophobia across the continent.” “These discussions … Continue reading

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African Commission to promote LGBTI interests

The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights recently adopted a historic multilateral agreement, along with 25 nations, the EU, UNAIDS and the UNDP. Owing to its importance for Africa in particular, we are publishing the entire communique.  This could well serve … Continue reading

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Ugandan viewpoint: ‘a dead activist is not a good activist’

Perseverance. Fear. Difficulties. Threats. Tolerance. Leadership.  Those are some of the themes of an interview with Clare Byarugaba, who until this summer was co-leader of Uganda’s Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law, which led the opposition to … Continue reading

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