U.S. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Chooses not to attend RBG Memorial and as first Women Lying in State

The FIRST Woman – The First Jewish person – What does  THAT tell YOU? I feel rage. For all the underhandedness, hypocrisy and abuse of power wielded by Mitch McConnell, Republican Majority leader in the Senate. Yes, I felt that – and then a friend this morning drew my attention to this, and it threw … More U.S. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Chooses not to attend RBG Memorial and as first Women Lying in State

Ugandan Officials Summoned with Criminal Charges in COSF Shelter Case

With the Men Perceived as LGBTI – All said and done if ever there is a case exposing the exploitation of criminalization of gay people, they is that case. It is time for all countries to decriminalize sexuality and gender identity.  On May 20, I reported in an article entitled, “Ugandan LGBTI Detainees Released from … More Ugandan Officials Summoned with Criminal Charges in COSF Shelter Case

AHRC Submits Comment Opposing the EOIR and USCIS New Trump Proposed Asylum Rule

On July 9 the Trump administration introduced yet another hateful asylum rule – this time exploiting pandemic fears and weaponizing specious public health claims against asylum seekers. African Human Rights Coalition submitted its public comments today. We urge as many people as possible to speak out against this shameful attack on asylum seekers. An outpouring of comments … More AHRC Submits Comment Opposing the EOIR and USCIS New Trump Proposed Asylum Rule

Stop Trump from Using Pandemic Fears to Ban Asylum Seekers

THIS IS THE SECOND RULE ASK WE ARE WORKING ON: On July 9 the Trump administration introduced yet another hateful asylum rule – this time exploiting pandemic fears and weaponizing specious public health claims against asylum seekers. We have just a few days left to speak out and submit public comments opposing the rule before the … More Stop Trump from Using Pandemic Fears to Ban Asylum Seekers

UNHCR outraged by attack Killing 18 IDP’s in Cameroon

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, strongly condemns an unprovoked and brutal attack on a site hosting 800 internally displaced people (IDPs) near the village of Nguetchewe, … More UNHCR outraged by attack Killing 18 IDP’s in Cameroon

El Salvador Police Officers Convicted of Killing Trans Woman Deported from U.S.

As a country conditions expert who testifies for LGBTQI people from African countries, I often speak about the risk of death for deported lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer asylum seekers and allies. I know some American judges do not take this seriously and that often government lawyers fight asylum cases in disbelief. Well ‘the proof of the pudding,’ … More El Salvador Police Officers Convicted of Killing Trans Woman Deported from U.S.

UNHCR Calls for Investigation into Murder of Transgender Woman in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, expresses its deep dismay at the violent death of a Salvadoran transgender woman who had applied for asylum in Guatemala. The woman’s body was found on August 1 at her home in Guatemala City. She had fled El Salvador in 2017 after having suffered violence due … More UNHCR Calls for Investigation into Murder of Transgender Woman in Guatemala

Preview Hateful New Film by American Family Association – And then Donate to those they Persecute

Please DONATE to African Human Rights Coalition (African HRC) (AHRC) www.AfricanHRC.org/donate – and the let the haters, American Family Association, know that their FILM spurred you to donate to those they persecute ….. The vehemently homophobic purveyors of conversion therapies, American Family Association will be spewing more anti-LGBTQ myth in their newest documentary, In His Image, … More Preview Hateful New Film by American Family Association – And then Donate to those they Persecute

Trump Must Stop destroying the US Asylum System

First Appeared in Gay Star News: We must stop Trump from destroying the US asylum system 20 JUL 2020 by Melanie Nathan. In his 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump claimed Mexico was offloading ‘rapists’ at the border. And he vowed his administration would no longer accept this. Four years later, his trajectory of scapegoating and … More Trump Must Stop destroying the US Asylum System

Press Release: July 30 ELEPHANT REFUGEES World Premiere at Sonoma Film Festival

PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release: Contact: Melanie Nathan, for Dream Out Loud Films, Nathan@AfricanHRC.org ELEPHANT REFUGEES WORLD PREMIERE AT SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL A film by LOUISE HOGARTH 2020 / 81 Minutes / BOTSWANA / USA Screening Format DCP NTFS/MAC A crisis of elephantine proportions, playing out in the dry sandy Kalahari woodlands of eastern Botswana unfolds … More Press Release: July 30 ELEPHANT REFUGEES World Premiere at Sonoma Film Festival

Canadian Court Strikes Down Safe Third Country Agreement with United States

Marin, CA (July 22, 2020) –  The Federal Court of Canada,  returned an historic decision today, striking down the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) between Canada and the United States. The decision from Justice Anne Marie McDonald found the agreement to be unconstitutional, holding that it violates the guarantee in the Canadian Charter of Rights and … More Canadian Court Strikes Down Safe Third Country Agreement with United States

Responding to Trump Killing Asylum

In his 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump claimed Mexico was offloading ‘rapists’ at the border. And he vowed his administration would no longer accept this. Four years later, his trajectory of scapegoating and lies has yielded the Department of Homeland Security and the Executive Office of Immigration Review’s new rule. This rule effectively destroys the asylum process … More Responding to Trump Killing Asylum

European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Rules for Refugees Right to Legal Gender Recognition

In the judgement Rana v. Hungary delivered today, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held that Hungary had breached its obligation to protect the right to private life under Article 8 of the Convention by rejecting the application of an Iranian transgender refugee to have his name and sex marker changed officially. The judgement … More European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Rules for Refugees Right to Legal Gender Recognition

UNHCR Statement on Psychosocial Services Includes LGBTI Refugees in Kakuma, Kenya

UNHCR is deeply concerned by a number of messages we have received in recent days from individuals outside of Kenya indicating that they have been the recipients of information concerning a small group of refugees and asylum seekers in Kakuma camp who have self-identified as LGBTI and have expressed feelings of trauma and, in some … More UNHCR Statement on Psychosocial Services Includes LGBTI Refugees in Kakuma, Kenya

UNHCR Statement on Conflict in Kakuma Refugee Camp Kenya

UNHCR urges dialogue and peaceful coexistence among refugees in Kakuma refugee camp UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, called today for enhanced dialogue among refugee communities living in Kakuma to help reduce the tensions which have emerged in a specific area of the refugee camp. In recent weeks, UNHCR has received conflicting reports from different communities … More UNHCR Statement on Conflict in Kakuma Refugee Camp Kenya

Gabon Votes to decriminalize Same-Sex Relations

In a landmark decision, on Monday, 6 July 2020, the Senate of Gabon voted to decriminalize same-sex relations with 59 votes in favor, 17 against and 4 abstentions. The move to decriminalize was supported by the lower house of Parliament on June 23, 2020. Unlike numerous countries across the African continent, Gabon did not have … More Gabon Votes to decriminalize Same-Sex Relations

World Zionist Congress Embraces LGBTQ Initiatives

The 37th World Zionist Congress currently taking place in Jerusalem for the first time is setting up a unit to work with the LGBTQ Jewish community. Within the framework of Pride Month, the World Zionist Organization (WZO )has established a Unit for Activities with the LGBT community that will operate in three spheres: The central one will … More World Zionist Congress Embraces LGBTQ Initiatives

UNHCR Reminds about the Importance of respecting Kenyan Law

Any activists providing funding that has served to assist refugees to leave Kakuma Camp, need to be aware that they are aiding and abetting in the commission of crime that could subject the refugee to detrimental repercussions that negatively impact chances of resettlement. Refugees in host country Kenya are asked not to break the law.  It … More UNHCR Reminds about the Importance of respecting Kenyan Law

THANK YOU GLOBAL PRIDE 2020 FOR THE HONOR FROM KAKUMA

African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC), hand in hand with refugees at Kakuma Camp in Kenya, had the great honor to represent African countries and refugees leading the Main Stage opening, at GLOBAL PRIDE 2020 with its VIDEO message. Worldwide, we were all so disappointed when we realized we could not take to our streets this … More THANK YOU GLOBAL PRIDE 2020 FOR THE HONOR FROM KAKUMA

Trump Loses in Federal Court as Deportation of Boy under Public Health Laws Halted

Federal Court Again Blocks Removal of Honduran Youth in First Challenge to Trump Administration’s Illegal Border Expulsion Order – Judge Says Trump Order Likely Unlawful A federal court has once again provisionally blocked the deportation of a Honduran boy in the first legal challenge to the Trump administration’s order restricting immigration at the border based on … More Trump Loses in Federal Court as Deportation of Boy under Public Health Laws Halted

UNSETTLED: Seeking Refuge in America – Broadcast Premiere

UNSETTLED follows LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers from Africa and the Middle East as they flee persecution to seek safety in the U.S. A documentary film by Tom Shepard Airs on WORLD Channel via local PBS stations – June 28 (and on WorldChannel.org from (June 28-July 12) and radio/ live streaming interview with Tom Shepard, Melanie … More UNSETTLED: Seeking Refuge in America – Broadcast Premiere

ICE OUT Joins in the Call for Marin County Sheriff Doyle to Resign

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: Melanie Nathan nathan@AfricanHRC.org Dated June 22, 2020 ICE OUT Joins in the Call for Marin Sheriff Doyle to Resign “Public safety is not more incarceration. It is not more old-school policing.  A community feels safe when everyone in it has access to opportunity, in housing, jobs, education and healthcare.” … More ICE OUT Joins in the Call for Marin County Sheriff Doyle to Resign

African HRC Launches Video Pride Message from LGBTQI Refugees in Kakuma Camp

Yes, you may have a sneak preview – though official launch is 11 am PST tomorrow at the event LGBTQ Pride and Migration 2020 tomorrow June 20th for World refugee Day. This Saturday we invite you to join African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC) as we celebrate World Refugee Day with PRIDE, honoring the brave and … More African HRC Launches Video Pride Message from LGBTQI Refugees in Kakuma Camp

Remembering the Soweto Massacre – South Africa’s National Youth Day June 16

June 16th, 1976 seemed like just another regular coolish South African winter’s day. Frustrated by parking problems, I made my way into my law class at the mostly “white only” University of the Witwatersrand, (WITS). Little did I know where this day would lead: A fellow student ran into our class screaming that children were … More Remembering the Soweto Massacre – South Africa’s National Youth Day June 16

Egyptian Lesbian Arrested for Raising Rainbow Flag Dies by Suicide

In 2017 it was widely reported that Egyptian police arrested 57 people after they were allegedly seen raising rainbow flags at a concert in Cairo. They were reportedly detained for “promoting sexual deviancy”. Among them was the only woman arrested, a lesbian activist, Sara El Hegazy, who after finding refuge in Canada, according to media and Twitter … More Egyptian Lesbian Arrested for Raising Rainbow Flag Dies by Suicide

LGBTQI Pride on World Refugee Day

LGBTQ DIGITAL PRIDE AND MIGRATION 2020 will commemorate the struggles of displaced people and LGBTQ Refugees and is scheduled this year for World Refugee Day, which is celebrated annually on June 20th. World Refugee Day commemorates the struggles of millions of displaced people. The significant population of displaced people who identify as LGBTQI underscores the importance of celebrating … More LGBTQI Pride on World Refugee Day

CGRS Asylum 21St Century Victories

Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at Hastings Law School, San Francisco (CGRS), has published two new videos discussing the recent Sixth Circuit victories in Juan Antonio v. Barr and Guzman v. Barr, as a part of their “Asylum in the 21st Century: What’s New?” video series. Take a look: Juan Antonio v. Barr: In this case involving an indigenous … More CGRS Asylum 21St Century Victories

George Floyd’s Murder Reflects on an America that is Unsafe for African Refugees and Asylum Seekers

African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC) Statement on how the Murder of George Floyd Denotes America Unsafe for Refugees and Asylum Seekers from African Countries at this time: African Human Rights Coalition expressed its condolences and outrage on social media the moment we saw the video evidencing the cold blooded murder of George Floyd, a black … More George Floyd’s Murder Reflects on an America that is Unsafe for African Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Because I love You: COVID-19 Study Shows One Week Cost 54,000 Lives

If the measures had been in place two weeks earlier, on March 1, the death toll would be 54,000 lower. Friends I am posting this because I love you! Lets not make the same mistake twice and truth be known we cannot fully trust public officials – especially those who seem to place money before … More Because I love You: COVID-19 Study Shows One Week Cost 54,000 Lives