Kenyan court rejects anti-gay, anti-lesbian appeal

The Kenyan Court of Appeal today rejected a government attempt to block registration of an LGBT advocacy group, the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC).

From the African Human Rights Media Network

Logo of the Kenyan LGBT rights advocacy group, the National Gay and Lesbian Hurman Rights Commission.

Logo of the Kenyan LGBT rights advocacy group, the National Gay and Lesbian Hurman Rights Commission.

Kenya’s NGO coordination board had refused to register NGLHRC, stating that that Kenya’s penal code “criminalises gay and lesbian liaisons.”

But in 2015, the High Court ruled in favor of the NGLHRC, affirming that the LGBT community has the same rights as everyone else to form an organization for mutual support.

In reporting the news, the NGLHRC tweeted:

“Three judges dismissed the appeal by the NGO coordination board, agreeing with the High Court that ALL, including LGBT persons, should be allowed to form an organization and that what is criminalized is the act (in the penal code) and not the person, the Kenyan.”

Source: Rights Africa

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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