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African country decriminalises homosexuality

A ruling by the High Court today will see Botswana decriminalise homosexuality. The court ruled to overturn colonial-era laws on homosexuality. The decision is a landmark win for LGBTIQ rights activists in Africa.  In its ruling, the court said that penalizing people for who they are is disrespectful. The three judges said in a unanimous …

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Kenyan High Court rejects LGBTIQ law reform

The Kenyan High Court today ruled that colonial-era laws criminalising same-sex relations are constitutional. Currently the laws allow for up to fourteen years jail for anal sex and five years for non-penetrative sex. The petitioners asked the court to declare the laws unconstitutional. In rejecting the petition, Justice Roselyne Aburili dismissed judgments in favour of …

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Will the African nation of Botswana decriminalise homosexuality in June?

By Andrew Novak, George Mason University Botswana’s High Court is considering a challenge to the provisions of the penal code criminalising consensual same-sex relations in the country. It will hand down its judgment in June. The challenge raises similar legal issues as the one pending at the Kenya High Court, which is due for a decision in …

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African nation Angola first in 2019 to decriminalise homosexuality

Angola has lifted its ban on homosexual activity, with the African nation’s parliament voting to remove the centuries-old “vices against nature” provision from its penal code. In addition to the removal of the colonial era provision, a new bill bans employers and companies from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation, Human Rights Watch …

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Nigerian Police Officer Warns LGBTIQ People to ‘Stay Away or Face Prosecution’

If you are gay, consider yourself unwelcome in Nigeria. This is the view from the African nation’s police force who say LGBTIQ people should leave the country or be prosecuted. Chief Superintendent and spokeswoman for the Lagos State Police Command Dolapo Badmos delivered this stern warning to the country’s LGBTIQ community via social media. Badmos …

Tanzania Loses Millions Of Dollars In Aid After Gay Crackdown Comments

Denmark are withholding 65m krone ($AU13.5 million) in aid to Tanzania after “unacceptable homophobic comments” from a senior politician, a Danish minister has said. Late last month, Paul Makonda, commissioner for populous city Dar es Salaam, announced plans to form a taskforce to hunt down LGBTIQ people, urging the public to pass the names of …

Ten Tanzanian Men ‘Arrested For Being Gay After Police Raid A Same-Sex Wedding’

Ten men have been arrested on suspicion of being gay on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar after police raided a same-sex wedding, according to human rights group Amnesty International. The group said the men were arrested and sex others fled when police raided a party at Pongwe Beach, Zanzibar last Saturday night (November 3). Amnesty …

‘Give Me Names’: Tanzanian Governor Announces Plan To Round Up Gays

The governor of Tanzania’s most populated city Dar es Salaam has announced a team will begin rounding up people suspected of being gay in a new anti-gay crackdown in the African nation. Paul Makonda (pictured) urged the city’s four million residents to report any information they have about gay people before the crackdown starts on …

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From Royalty To Refugees: Why Uganda is so anti-LGBTIQ

Australia recently (July 2018) accepted 50 mainly Ugandan LGBTIQ refugees from Kenya under the Refugee Visa (subclass 200) for people fleeing persecution in their home country. But why is Uganda such a dangerous country for its LGBTIQ communities? Ugandan law criminalises both male and female homosexuality. Males especially risk life imprisonment for ‘carnal knowledge against …

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Robert Mugabe Chooses Mass Starvation over LGBT Rights

The controversial president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, might have just celebrated his 92nd birthday but he certainly isn’t showing any signs of slowing down on his rampant and infamous homophobia. Despite his nation suffering from a crippling drought, Mugabe refuses any concessions on gay rights. He told media attending his birthday celebrations, ‘Zimbabwe would have …

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