LGBT refugees protest Kenya arrests and jail time

LGBT refugee activists gathered outside a Nairobi courtroom today to protest the mistreatment of 20 LGBT refugees who were arrested at an earlier protest and have been in jail since then.


From the African Human Rights Media Network


LGBT refugees protest in Nairobi, Kenya. At the right is Mbazira Moses, executive director of Rainbow Flag Kenya. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
LGBT refugees protest today in Nairobi, Kenya. At the right is Mbazira Moses, executive director of Rainbow Flag Kenya. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

The group said officials compelled today’s protesters to stay in a small space near the court; they would be arrested if they moved elsewhere.

On Feb. 22, the jailed refugees were charged with public nuisance, trespassing, and defecating in public during a protest against how they were being treated by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Each would need to pay a $50 bond to be released pending trial, according to the LGBT advocacy group Refugee Flag Kenya.

The advocacy group said its members have been abused and its executive director, Mbazira Moses, has been “abused and beaten, almost to death.” ‘

“We are all angry,” a spokeman said. “We are left with nothing.”

 

For more information, watch a video of today’s protest.

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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 info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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