Africa

LGBTI Rights in Africa


ADDED ON: 04/18/2020

How LGBTIQ+ Nigerians are coping with COVID-19 pandemic

In late February, Nigeria recorded its first confirmed case of the virus when an Italian man working in Lagos tested positive, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported. Last month after…

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ADDED ON: 04/18/2020

Gay men in Morocco say they are ‘living in constant fright’ after an influencer’s video sparked a trend

An Instagram influencer's video has started a dangerous trend where women are outing gay men in Morocco — where homosexuality is illegal — after encouraging her followers there to download gay dating…

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ADDED ON: 04/17/2020

Arrests, Evictions & Scapegoating: Coronavirus Takes a Toll On LGBT+ Africans

Just before breakfast on a Sunday morning, Ugandan security forces stormed an LGBT+ shelter outside the capital Kampala, accusing more than 20 gay, bisexual and transgender people of spreading the new coronavirus.…

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ADDED ON: 04/17/2020

Tanzania is still arresting and persecuting LGBTQ people

When James Wandera Ouma is asked what gives him hope as a gay man living in the east African nation of Tanzania, he can’t think of anything. “There’s no joy,” Ouma says.…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2020

Investigation after gay refugee found dead at U.N. refugee office in Kenya

A gay refugee in Kenya was found dead outside the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) office in Nairobi on Monday in an apparent suicide, Kenyan police and LGBT+ refugees groups said. Police…

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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: 04/08/2020

The Uganda 19: Lawyers barred; no chance of bail; 10 days in prison and counting

Lawyers for 19 LGBT Ugandans arrested March 29 at an LGBT homeless shelter near Kampala still have been barred from seeing their clients. The arrestees are imprisoned 55 kilometers outside the city…

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ADDED ON: 04/06/2020

New Ugandan rules allow HIV care during lockdown

Uganda’s Ministry of Health has issued guidelines about how vital HIV/AIDS services can continue with minimal disruption during the current 14-day countrywide Covid-19 lockdown. The guidelines, covering a wide range of health…

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ADDED ON: 04/03/2020

Asylum seeker beaten, doused in petrol and threatened with beheading by his own dad finally told he deserves refuge

A gay asylum seeker from Ghana who was beaten, doused in petrol and threatened with beheading by a homophobic mob led by his own dad has been given a reprieve after the…

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ADDED ON: 04/02/2020

Ugandan police accused of abusing lockdown laws after LGBT arrests

Police in Uganda have charged 20 LGBT people with disobeying rules on physical distancing and risking the spread of coronavirus, in what campaigners say is a clear case of authorities in parts…

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ADDED ON: 03/31/2020

Ugandan fear of Covid-19 leads to 23 arrests at LGBT shelter

Uganda police charged the 23 LGBT Ugandans with disobeying a presidential directive against large meetings, aimed at curbing the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19. The March 29 raid by police…

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ADDED ON: 03/31/2020

Nigerian music group releases new pro-LGBT song

The Christians On Diverse Energy (The CODE), a group of Nigerian LGBTIQ+ vocalists, has released a new song that advocates full recognition of LGBTIQ+ human rights and equality in Nigeria. The new…

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