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  1. mohamedskamara371
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    GAY RIGHTS ADVOCACY IN SIERRA LEONE

    My work and activities with different local and international organisations raised my awareness about people’s rights, especially gay (homosexual) rights. There is no law that prohibits gay practice in Sierra Leone. Our politicians do not do a thing to promote gay rights.
    The very few, like me, who are brave enough to advocate for gay rights expose ourselves to persecutions, threats, attacks, provocations and ridicule.

    I volunteered to fight for gay rights when the son of my elder brother was not only beaten but also lost an eye just because he was gay. Following that ugly incident, I informed my National Coordinator Abu Bakarr Renner about this and we decided to organise a gay awareness campaign which was first launched in December, 2011. This campaign was to last for six months. We never knew that we would come under heavy attack for advocating for gay rights. We were constantly abused, spat on, and sometimes assaulted by people who think we are filthy, not normal, and immoral. Our family was also not spared in these attacks. At some point, we had to go into hiding to save ourselves from such physical and verbal attacks.

    I became embolden in the fight for gay rights when David Cameron, the British prime minister issued a statement at a world summit to let African leaders support gay rights or risk losing funds from the UK Government. I realised that the advocacy for gay rights has reached international proportions. I intensified my gay rights activities but came under more pressure from people who hate gays.

    I now realised why people and groups that try to advocate gay rights quickly abandon their programs and activities.

    There is no protection for people or groups that are sympathetic to gay issues in Sierra Leone. Going to the police to report gay right activism related incidences is a waste of time because they do not treat such matters seriously. Politicians look the other way when confronted with gay right issues.

    Conclusively, gay practice and positive gay related discussions are a taboo in Sierra Leone. A friend of mine once told me that the simplest way to put oneself outside the protection of the law is to support gay issues. Journalists have been beaten and attacked for propagating favourable gay issues.

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  2. Aruna Sesay
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    Yes between men to man is illegal in Sierra Leone. we would continue to denied you people called yourself gay and lesbian. A gay rights activist in Sierra Leone would not happen and it would never be, George why should we allow same sex relationship and marriages in our society? I totally condemn it and 90 percent of our people in Sierra Leone condemn it as well.

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  3. Mohamed Salieu Kamara
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    Hi Aruna,

    Gay rights activism is illegal in Sierra Leone, so we should be continue to denied, discrimination, stigma, harassment and attacks of gays, lesbians and bisexual are sometimes unbearable. What two or more consenting adults decide to do in private should not be the business of anybody. The freedom we want for ourselves should be the freedom that we should want for others, homosexuals and lesbians not excepted. The media, religious bodies some civil socitie, associations and organizations sometimes condemn same sex relationship and marriages. News of killing and molesting of Gays and lesbians is rampants.

    We should join hands together for campaigning to change the law that makes homosexuality illegal in Sierra Leone, we should campaigning also for equal rights for LGBT, because of campaign for rights of LGBT we should be continue to denied in our own country of birth. Gay and Lesbians have the rights also.

    When will people wake up to the call of gay and lesbians rights to activist? As long as what gays, Lesbians and bisexuals practice do not affects us, we should let them be.

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  4. Mohamed Salieu Kamara
    Mohamed Salieu Kamara at |

    Seeks to promote and protect the human rights of individuals, communities and nations, in my country Sierra Leone and internationally, in accordance with established national and international human rights law.

    Rights for all, and rights to live.

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