Protest: 20 Zanzibar arrests violated the constitution
Africa

Protest: 20 Zanzibar arrests violated the constitution

The Sept 15 arrest of 20 people at an HIV/AIDS training session in Zanzibar violated the Tanzanian Constitution, the Zanzibari Constitution and the African Charter, two African human rights organizations declared in a joint press statement. The raid was part of an ongoing crackdown on homosexuality in Tanzania that has been under way since December … Continue reading

Protest over Tunisia’s 20th homophobia-fueled murder
Middle East / North Africa

Protest over Tunisia’s 20th homophobia-fueled murder

In response to the murder of a hairdresser in northwestern Tunisia, the advocacy group Shams last week urged the Tunisian government to protect the LGBT community against violent homophobia. It was the country’s 20th homophobic murder since the Tunisian Revolution that launched the Arab Spring in 2010, according to Shams, which advocates the repeal of … Continue reading

A gathering of LGBT-friendly faithful from 10 W. African nations
Africa / Faith and religion

A gathering of LGBT-friendly faithful from 10 W. African nations

The goal: “a space in West Africa where persons from diverse faiths, cultures, class and sexual orientations can convene, work with faith leaders and communities to create a world in which everyone enjoys all human rights irrespective of class, religious belief, culture and sexual orientation.”  Late last month, West Africa moved a step closer to … Continue reading