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Criminalizing identities Criminalizing identities

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Rights abuses in Cameroon based on sexual orientation and gender identity

Criminalizing identities CameroonThis 62-page report from 2010 details how the government uses article 347 bis of the Penal Code to deny basic rights to people perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). The report describes arrests, beatings by the police, abuses in prison, and a homophobic atmosphere that encourages shunning and abuse in the community. The consequence is that people are not punished for a specific outlawed practice, but for a homosexual identity, the groups said.

Fear for Life Fear for Life

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fear for lifeThis 95-page report on Senegal from Human Rights Watch (2010) includes interviews with dozens of people who have faced threats and violence at the hands of both the police and others in the community.

It looks in detail at two key incidents: the "gay marriage" scandal of February 2008; and the arrest of the "nine homosexuals of Mbao" in December 2008. The report also examines several other cases that show how police arrests under Article 319.3 fan broader fear and suspicion.

Erasing - 76 crimes Erasing - 76 crimes

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Date added: 08/14/2012
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Depending on how you count them, there are 76 or 78 countries where homosexuality is illegal.

This blog takes its name from a list of 76 such countries.The blog's main focus is the struggle to repeal the 76 countries' anti-gay laws. The website includes a very updated news list.

Perspectives - Struggle for Equality Perspectives - Struggle for Equality

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Date added: 08/02/2012
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perspectives_imagePolitical analysis and commentary from Africa (2010).

Over the past couple of years, there has not been a shortage of examples of human rights violations of LGBTI persons throughout the continent. The violations have been perpetrated by both state and non-state actors. The violations vary from the denial of basic rights to, in some extreme cases, physical violence against LGBTI people and sometimes even death. Some states have taken efforts to strengthen criminal laws by increasing penalties or broadening the list of offences that LGBTI people can be charged under.

Current and former heads of state continue to make statements condemning same sex relations. Various religious formations have also taken the opportunity to oppose same sex relationships. There are currently 38 countries on the continent that actively criminalise same sex intimacy and, while not expressly criminalised in other countries, other laws, like vagrancy or public nuisance laws, can be used to prosecute and persecute LGBTI individuals and groups.

In 6 articles, this publication covers different aspects of LGBTI activism in Africa, including experiences from Nigeria, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The message is that despite the myriad of challenges and hostile environment there is an ongoing engagement and growing movement towards equality for LGBTI people throughout the continent.

The outlawed amongst us The outlawed amongst us

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Date added: 07/23/2012
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A study of the LGBTI community's search for equality and non-discrimination in Kenya (2011).

In this report, The Kenya Human Rights Commission finds that human rights violations against LGBTI persons in Kenya are systematic, highly prevalent and generally not redressed by the state when called to. LGBTI persons are routinely abused, subjected to hate speech and incitement to violence, they suffer physical violence in terms from mobs and are occasionally raped by police, vigilantes and organized criminals.

The study also finds that LGBTI persons are often harassed by state officials, who enforce heteronormativity against presumed homosexual expressions, extort for bribes or ask for sexual favours and charge those who do not comply with their demands with trumped up charges. There is a deliberate failure by the state to protect LGBTI persons from discrimination both in policy and legislation.

The Kenya Human Rights Commission recommends that Civil Society Organisations, especially those organizing around human rights, should:

1. Mainstream LGBTI work in their human rights advocacy work.

2. File and support strategic and public interest litigation on violations seeking orders for declaration of rights in the Bill of Rights to protect LGBTI persons from continued discrimination.

3. Constitute programs that sensitize judicial officers, the police, ministries, civil servants, professional and commercial organizations and other relevant actors on the human rights issues concerning LGBTI persons.

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