Democratic Republic of Congo

LGBTI Rights in Democratic Republic of Congo


ADDED ON: 07/18/2022

Survey notes mixed levels of LGBTQ, intersex rights support among young Africans

A recent survey by the South Africa-based Ichikowitz Family Foundation that gauged the level of LGBTQ and intersex tolerance on the continent has received mixed reactions from some of Africa’s advocacy groups. The…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2022

DR Congo: Dejected LGBTI activist returns, despite dangers

Congolese LGBTI rights activist Jeremie Safari thought he was out of the woods after he fled west in March to the anonymity of the capital city, Kinshasa, leaving behind the homophobic cauldron…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2022

DRC queer rights activist forced to go into hiding.

Crammed into a boat with more than 100 people, Cherie* prayed nobody would recognise her. “I wore a hat and a balaclava,” the transgender woman, 33, says of her attempts to remain…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2020

Biden rekindles American Dream for Africa’s LGBT+ refugees

Joe Biden's electoral victory has revived the American Dream for scores of African LGBT+ refugees who fled persecution at home only to languish in Kenya when President Donald Trump denied them a…

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ADDED ON: 04/11/2020

Across Africa, Pandemic Lockdowns Risk Violating Human Rights

More than half of Africa’s 54 countries are restricting people’s movements in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus, with regulations ranging from evening curfews to the total lockdowns that have…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2019

With ball gowns and dance, LGBT+ refugees in Kenya cast aside woes to celebrate

LGBT+ refugees in Kenya - some dressed in sequined ball gowns and slinky black evening dresses - cast aside their troubles on Thursday to eat lunch, dance to Congolese rumba and celebrate…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2019

Scores of LGBT+ refugees in Kenya slum face homophobic attacks, eviction

Scores of LGBT+ refugees are in desperate need of emergency shelter after facing homophobic threats, violence and eviction warnings from community members in a Nairobi slum, the refugees and human rights campaigners…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2019

Dozens of LGBT+ refugees in Kenya fall sick at U.N. shelter

Dozens of LGBT+ refugees living in a shelter run by the United Nations in Kenya were taken to hospital after falling sick on Thursday, days after they complained of overcrowding and poor…

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ADDED ON: 12/14/2018

LGBT+ activists attacked on peaceful march in Kenya refugee camp

LGBT+ activists were attacked and arrested by police after staging a peaceful march through Kakuma, a UNCHR refugee camp in Turkana County, Kenya. Around 40 LGBT+ activists took part in the march on Tuesday…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

A Precarious Haven: Africa’s LGBT Refugees Teeter on the Brink in Kenya

It wasn’t long after Joe’s father was shot dead for being gay that the 24-year-old Ugandan college student realised the men from his church would be coming for him next. First came…

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