Africa / Africa (Sub Saharan) / Harassment / murders / International pressure for LGBT rights / Trials / punishments

Abusive anal exams get a thumbs-up from Kenyan judge

A judge in eastern Kenya has rejected a challenge to the legality of anal exams, even though they are widely understood to be abusive and ineffective as a means of proving or disproving allegations of homosexual activity. Today’s ruling by the High Court in Mombasa means that a criminal case can proceed against two men … Continue reading

Africa / Africa (Sub Saharan) / Anti-LGBT laws and legislation / Positive steps

Nigeria: Ex-leader seeks redo of anti-LGBT law he signed

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has joined the club of former African leaders talking about the need to change their country’s anti-LGBT laws. But he may be the only one who is discussing the importance of changing a harsh anti-gay law that he himself enacted. Speaking at a Bloomberg financial information company forum in London … Continue reading

Africa / Harassment / murders / International pressure for LGBT rights / Middle East / North Africa

U.N. panel to Tunisia: Stop forced anal exams

Human Rights Watch reports: Tunisia: UN Panel Condemns Forced Anal Exams Government Should Ban Abusive “Homosexuality” Tests (Tunis, May 23, 2016) – The United Nations Committee Against Torture, in its most recent evaluation of Tunisia, condemned the use of forced anal examinations as an attempt to find “proof” against people accused of homosexual conduct, Human … Continue reading

Africa / Africa (Sub Saharan) / Anti-LGBT laws and legislation / Human Rights

Tally of LGBTI rights, wrongs in 29 sub-Saharan countries

Several countries in sub-Saharan Africa have made progress in recognizing the human rights of LGBTI people, but much work remains to be done in the region’s 29 countries that still have laws against same-sex intimacy. LGBTI rights in those African countries are the focus of the following excerpts  from the 2015 edition of the U.S. … Continue reading

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Forced anti-gay anal tests face legal challenge in Kenya

Human Rights Watch issued this press release today: Kenya: Court to Hear Forced Anal Testing Case Invalidated Homosexuality “Test” Violates International Law (Nairobi, May 3, 2016) – A Kenyan court will hear a constitutional petition challenging the use of forced anal examinations of men accused of homosexuality on May 4, 2016, Human Rights Watch said … Continue reading

Africa / Africa (Sub Saharan) / Anti-LGBT laws and legislation / Faith and religion / International pressure for LGBT rights

Archbishop to Mugabe: Anti-gay laws are wrong

Will the worldwide Anglican Communion stop supporting the homophobic Anglican Churches of Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda, since those churches endorse their countries’ anti-gay laws? That’s what would happen if the world’s various Anglican churches — all of them originally descended from the Church of England — take Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, their spiritual leader, … Continue reading

Africa / Africa (Sub Saharan) / Faith and religion / International pressure for LGBT rights

Dissent weakens anti-gay coalition in Anglican Communion

Cracks are showing in the formerly united front of anti-gay Anglicans who oppose steps toward acceptance of LGBTI people within the Anglican Communion of churches descended from the Church of England. Kenyan members of a high-level Anglican Communion council have reportedly rejected an appeal to boycott a council meeting in Zambia on the grounds that … Continue reading