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LGBTI Rights in South Africa


ADDED ON: 06/18/2021

South Africa’s patchwork treatment of refugees and asylum seekers shows much to be done to ensure human rights for all

World Refugee Day is commemorated each year on 20 June to raise awareness of the plight of refugees around the world and of efforts to protect their human rights. According to the…

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ADDED ON: 06/13/2021

The hopes and dreams of Africa’s queer activists

It took Dzoe Ahmad weeks of introspection and agonising over whether or not she was ready to share her story with the world. Ahmad, a young Zimbabwean trans woman, says: “I was…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2021

Dirco silent on homophobia row as SA embassy refuses to affirm gay rights in Poland

For the past eight years, South African diplomats in Poland have signed an annual letter alongside other embassies affirming gay rights in one of the most homophobic nations in Europe. This year,…

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ADDED ON: 05/24/2021

SOUTH AFRICA HIT BY A WAVE OF GAY AND TRANS HATE MURDERS

A wave of brutal murders of gay men and trans women has hit South Africa. The death toll over the last three months has now reached at least ten known individuals. The…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2021

Namibia issues travel documents to gay couple’s children

Namibia on Tuesday issued emergency travel documents to the twin daughters of a gay couple who have been battling to take them home following their birth to a surrogate in South Africa,…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2021

In Juarez, Transgender Women In Limbo Await U.S. Asylum Exception

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We're going to stick with immigration for a few more minutes. The U.S.-Mexico border has been closed to most migrants during the pandemic, including those seeking asylum. The majority…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2021

Fear breeds bravery as LGBT+ S.Africans resist ‘war on queerness’

Three months ago, Chippa Mohanoe’s fiancée was stabbed in the neck and killed in front of their neighbours in South Africa’s Sebokeng township. Every day since, Mohanoe had to push past his…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2021

LGBTI refugees denied asylum by Home Affairs bigotry

A report released on Thursday by several civil society organisations has found evidence that LGBT refugees are being denied asylum in South Africa despite being, “... eligible for protection under international and…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2021

Hate crime crisis | Lucky Motshabi is 7th LGBTIQ+ person murdered

The LGBTIQ+ hate crime body count continues to rise with the murder of Lucky Motshabi in Limpopo. Yet, the government offers no plan of action. On Friday, OUT LGBT Well-being reported that…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2021

CGE VOWS TO USE LEGAL POWERS TO PROTECT MEMBERS OF LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY

The Commission For Gender Equality is promising to use its legal powers to protect the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community, following a recent spate of killings. In the…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2021

SOUTH AFRICAN LGBTI+ COMMUNITY AND ORGANISATIONS SPEAK UP AGAINTS HATE CRIMES

Several LGBTI+ and human rights organizations came together this week and released a joint press statement condemning the hate crimes that have been rocked South Africa over the last couple of months.…

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ADDED ON: 04/11/2021

Angry LGBTQI+ community demands justice following brutal murder

As Human Rights Month ended, Sphamandla Khoza’s family learnt that he was killed in an alleged hate crime which sparked outrage, calls for justice and marches. Last week, the 34-year-old’s body was…

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