Biden Reverses Cruel Reversal for Refugee Admissions Cap

Today, the Biden administration made the shocking announcement that the U.S.’s refugee admissions cap this year will remain at its all-time low level of 15,000. Melanie Nathan of African Human Rights Coalition joined a chorus of advocates immediately criticizing the move. Nathan noted, “How can the Biden admin endorse and amplify the cruelty of the … More Biden Reverses Cruel Reversal for Refugee Admissions Cap

Statement on LGBTQI Refugees in Kakuma, Kenya

Yesterday news came down of an ultimatum given to UNHCR by the Kenyan Government, declaring the imminent closures of Dadaab and Kakuma Camps, Kenya. The Statement can be read HERE.This statement has occurred in the context of life for LGBTQI refugees and asylum seekers seeking protection and resettlement from Kenya. The Kenyan Government has maintained … More Statement on LGBTQI Refugees in Kakuma, Kenya

UNHCR Updates on Injured LGBTQI Refugees from Kakuma Fire

Following is the latest in several UNHCR updates regarding the condition of two LGBTQI refugees in Kakuma Camp, Kenya, who were burned in a fire where arson, under investigation, is suspected: “Update on the situation of the two persons who suffered burn injuries in the 15 March 2021 fire in Kakuma: As notified in our … More UNHCR Updates on Injured LGBTQI Refugees from Kakuma Fire

Help to Stop the Criminalizing Laws against Gays in Uzbekistan

Join in and help decriminalize LGBTQI people in Uzbekistan Although the Uzbekistani Constitution guarantees privacy, equality and non-discrimination, Uzbekistan is one of the only two Central Asian countries that retain legislation criminalising private, consensual same-sex conduct between men. Article 120 of the Criminal Code in force stipulates that “bezakalbazlyk” (sodomy), voluntary sexual intercourse between two … More Help to Stop the Criminalizing Laws against Gays in Uzbekistan

UNHCR Seeks Urgent Access to Asylum Seekers Denied by Tanzanian Government

AHRC joins UNHCR in appealing for access to detained asylum-seekers in Tanzania On Thursday, as Executive Director of African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC), I received an urgent message of distress from a group of refugee/ asylum seekers in Tanzania who noted that they were about to be “deported” back to their home country, Uganda. They … More UNHCR Seeks Urgent Access to Asylum Seekers Denied by Tanzanian Government

Protests Erupt Worldwide as Bobi Wine Speaks from House Arrest

Protests erupted around the world today condemning the results of Uganda’s Presidential election earlier this month. National Unity Platform (NUP) Presidential candidate, Parliamentarian Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine remains under inexplicable house arrest, surrounded by Ugandan military troops under the orders of dictator Yoweri Museveni, who has declared victory in the Ugandan Presidential election, and hence … More Protests Erupt Worldwide as Bobi Wine Speaks from House Arrest

President Biden’s Swift Immigration Action brings added Hope for LGBTQI Refugees

Thanking President Biden on Quick Immigration Action with a Hope for added considerations for LGBTQI refugees and asylum seekers Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden signed several executive orders today including the repeal of the Trump administration’s travel bans, which barred people from many African and Muslim-majority countries from coming to the United States. The Biden administration … More President Biden’s Swift Immigration Action brings added Hope for LGBTQI Refugees

U.S. Ambassador Denied Access to Ugandan Presidential Candidate Bobi Wine under House Arrest

Two days ago, Uganda’s dictator, President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in office for over 34 years, declared himself to be the winner for a sixth term in last week’s highly contested Presidential election in Uganda. Many believe the election was rigged and won by contender, Parliamentarian Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, a singer popular among … More U.S. Ambassador Denied Access to Ugandan Presidential Candidate Bobi Wine under House Arrest

Court Blocks Trump Death to Asylum Rule

San Francisco, California (January 8, 2021) – Today the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction blocking a sweeping Trump administration rule that would gut protections for people fleeing persecution and torture. The injunction halts the new rule’s implementation nationwide ahead of its scheduled effective date of Monday, January … More Court Blocks Trump Death to Asylum Rule

American Jewish World Services Implicated in the Allegations against Ugandan Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo

Museveni seeks to scapegoat Gays again for his political purposes… weaponizing anti-gay sentiment to rally the vote – while brutally oppressing opposition Last week Ugandan Human Rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo was seized by security forces in Kampala. Some days thereafter it was alleged by Ugandan police that he has been arrested on corruption related charges. … More American Jewish World Services Implicated in the Allegations against Ugandan Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo

New Litigation Challenges Trump’s Cruel Anti-Asylum Law

San Francisco, California (December 24, 2020) – Four immigrant rights organizations – Pangea Legal Services, Dolores Street Community Services, Inc., Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition – have requested a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit challenging a sweeping new rule that will eviscerate access to protection for people … More New Litigation Challenges Trump’s Cruel Anti-Asylum Law

Renowned Human Rights Attorney Abducted or Detained in Uganda

This week we received word from Uganda that renowned human rights lawyer and Executive Director of Chapter Four, Nicholas Opiyo, has been abducted and is being held in some form of unlawful detention by Ugandan security forces. There are disputing reports about the nature of the detention.   This comes on the heels of several … More Renowned Human Rights Attorney Abducted or Detained in Uganda

Pandemic reduces Heroes and Zeroes to a Reflection on 2020

Each Year I write a top 10 Heroes and Zeroes. This year it is very simple! Or should I say Pandemic worn down – renders it simple- The Heroes in each and every category are LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees and the Zeroes are Donald Trump,  his grifter family and each and every single Republican … More Pandemic reduces Heroes and Zeroes to a Reflection on 2020

Trump’s Parting Gift to Asylum Seekers is abject Hate and Revenge

“I think it is even worse. I think he knows that this could be the most revengeful parting gift he is capable of delivering to the human rights world and Americans who care!”  Melanie Nathan San Francisco, CA (December 10, 2020) – Today the Trump administration announced the publication of sweeping regulations that will make it virtually impossible … More Trump’s Parting Gift to Asylum Seekers is abject Hate and Revenge

Celebrating Human Rights Day calls for Complaint

In congratulating Bhutan’s Parliament for decriminalizing SOGI today, we call on all Nations who house draconian Colonial laws to do the same… The Universal Declaration of Human Rights The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a milestone document in the history of human rights, drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions … More Celebrating Human Rights Day calls for Complaint

Emergency Funding for LGBTQI Refugees and Asylum Seekers

EMERGENCY FUNDING: LGBTQI people are criminalized in over 70 countries around the world, of which over 30 are in Africa. This has resulted in persecution, ostracization and physical attacks by governments, community, and even family and friends. Resulting in the need  to exile from one’s own country to seek safety. The stories are many and overwhelmingly … More Emergency Funding for LGBTQI Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Together We Stand Holiday Gifting Certificates for LGBTQI Refugees

African Human Rights Coalition works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender (LGBTQI) individuals who have been displaced due to persecution, discrimination and in many cases extreme violence.   To support African HRC Safe Shelter Programs we offer attractive and informative TOGETHER WE STAND Gifting Certificates ,where supporters can donate in the name of friends, colleagues, and loved … More Together We Stand Holiday Gifting Certificates for LGBTQI Refugees

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Announces Special Envoy on Holocaust and Antisemitism

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism, as follows: The Holocaust was one of the darkest chapters in human history. Seventy-five years after the liberation of Nazi concentration and extermination camps revealed the full horrors of the Holocaust, Jewish communities in Canada and around the world face rising … More Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Announces Special Envoy on Holocaust and Antisemitism

Uganda’s Dictator Museveni Arrests Opposition Politicians – Free Hon. Nabilah

In the middle of the night, my friend, Hon. Nabilah Naggayi Ssempala, uploaded a video to her Facebook, with the caption “I am being hounded out” – soon after that – it became apparent that she had been seized and detained in what appears clearly to be a violent unlawful arrest and taken to an unknown … More Uganda’s Dictator Museveni Arrests Opposition Politicians – Free Hon. Nabilah

People Power Ugandan Presidential Hopeful Bobi Wine Arrested for Holding Rally

Nov 18, 2020, By Melanie Nathan The popular Robert Kyagulanyi,  opposition Member of Parliament (MP), otherwise known as Bobi Wine, who is running for President opposing Ugandan dictator Yoweri Musevni, was arrested today, yet again. He has been detained at Nalufenya Police station and charged with an act likely to cause the spread of an … More People Power Ugandan Presidential Hopeful Bobi Wine Arrested for Holding Rally

Ethiopia Headed Toward Disaster and Major Refugee Crisis

The escalating civil war in Ethiopia is crossing borders, revealing massacres, and headed toward a major disaster, with a likely refugee crisis that will crush an already stretched system. There are over 70 million displaced people worldwide, a daunting task for UNHCR, agencies, civil, societies and governments involved. Africa is at its limits and refugees … More Ethiopia Headed Toward Disaster and Major Refugee Crisis

Court Blocks Trump’s Illegal Border Expulsions of Children

District Court Blocks Administration’s Illegal Border Expulsions Washington, D.C. (November 18, 2020) – A district court today issued an order blocking application of the Trump administration’s “Title 42” order to all unaccompanied children, nationwide, in a class-action lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, Texas Civil Rights Project, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, and … More Court Blocks Trump’s Illegal Border Expulsions of Children

LGBTQI Refugees Hard Hit with Trump Refugee Ceiling for 2021 a Record Cruel Low

Each year, the Presidency of the United States uses its Presidential Determination (PD) to set the maximum number of refugees that will be admitted into the United States for the following year.  Donald Trump just officially set the refugee admissions ceiling  for 2021 to 15,000, after delayed consultations with Congress finally took place. Once again, … More LGBTQI Refugees Hard Hit with Trump Refugee Ceiling for 2021 a Record Cruel Low

Over 120 LGBT Organizations Sign Letter to U.S. Senators Opposing Barrett SCOTUS Confirmation

Over 120 LGBTQI organizations signed the below letter addressed to all United States Senators, opposing the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) as the replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. African Human Rights Coalition is a proud signatory to the letter, noting the huge impact that … More Over 120 LGBT Organizations Sign Letter to U.S. Senators Opposing Barrett SCOTUS Confirmation

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