Shattered and Solidarity for Colorado Springs from African Refugees at AHRC

African Human Rights Coalition, Ambassador Liam: Many of us in refugee camps have fled anti-LGBTQI+ violence and seek safe countries around the world. We are shattered to hear about the mass murder of our American family of LGBTQI+ and send deepest condolences to all loved ones and community as we stand strongly in solidarity. #coloradosprings … More Shattered and Solidarity for Colorado Springs from African Refugees at AHRC

UNHCR Briefing Note LGBTQI+ Refugees in Kenya, Oct 2022

UNHCR Briefing Note – LGBTIQ+ Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in Kenya, dated October 2022, dispels lies circulating on social media. Note AHRC Commentary at end. This briefing note provides an overview of UNHCR Kenya’s efforts to improve the overall protection environment for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) refugees in Kenya, including how we … More UNHCR Briefing Note LGBTQI+ Refugees in Kenya, Oct 2022

Come Out Come Out if you are Safe its OKAY

African Human Rights Coalition, the only organization in America and globally that works exclusively with LGBTQI+ people forcibly displaced in and from African countries, is commemorating the 34th annual National Coming Out Day by reminding that it is almost impossible for most LGBTQI+ people in African countries, to come out safely. National Coming Out Day … More Come Out Come Out if you are Safe its OKAY

Justice for Guinea Stadium Massacre while Human Rights Still in Question

By Melanie Nathan, Oct 7, 222 Thirteen years ago, Guinea’s security forces stormed a stadium filled with tens of thousands of peaceful protesters. More than 150 people were slaughtered, bodies strewn across the field. Scores of women were raped. Now, a long-delayed effort to bring the perpetrators of the massacre to justice is finally underway. … More Justice for Guinea Stadium Massacre while Human Rights Still in Question

REFLECTIONS on WISHING YOU HAPPINESS NEW YEAR 5783

As this Jewish New Year approaches, I am reminded of the refuge, sanctuary and home that Africa gave to my grandparents approximately 100 years ago, as they fled the Pogroms in Ukraine. America and Canada had turned us away! We, the stranger, were welcomed to South Africa. And it was complex… We were classified as … More REFLECTIONS on WISHING YOU HAPPINESS NEW YEAR 5783

Singapore Decriminalizes and Discriminates

It is very good news that Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong declared that SINGAPORE would repeal the controversial 377A law – effectively legalizing homosexuality. However PM Lee followed this welcome announcement with his determination that same-sex marriage would be ruled out at this time through a push to amend the Constitution to define marriage … More Singapore Decriminalizes and Discriminates

Brittney Griner Sentenced in Russian Human Rights Abomination

Today, WNBA star Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison and a fine of $16,000. A Russian court has found Brittney Griner guilty on drug smuggling and possession charges. The widely expected verdict comes after a monthlong trial and nearly six months after the basketball star was arrested at a Moscow-area … More Brittney Griner Sentenced in Russian Human Rights Abomination

Kenya Orders Facebook to Tackle Hate Speech or Face Suspension-

THE KENYAN CYBER-LAW ACT – prohibits LIES, SLANDER, HATE-SPEECH all of which are criminal and punishable offenses. This applies to individuals in Kenya! Kenya is in an election year and the country is facing election uprisings that will spells danger for many, and especially the most vulnerable, to include refugees, and more especially the unwelcome … More Kenya Orders Facebook to Tackle Hate Speech or Face Suspension-

Rwanda Catchup and The UK Plot to Boot Asylum Seekers Halted by Courts

After a UK court cleared the first plane taking individuals claiming asylum to Rwanda (Reuters), the European Court of Human Rights ordered a pause to the deportation of one of seven individuals scheduled for the flight. The other deportees promptly filed new court challenges based on the ECtHR’s ruling, and their deportations were also halted. … More Rwanda Catchup and The UK Plot to Boot Asylum Seekers Halted by Courts

UK Expulsions to Rwanda Especially Egregious for LGBTQI+ Asylum Seekers

Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of African Human Rights Coalition and publisher of this BLOG- (nathan@AfricanHRC.org): On June 11, 2022 Human Rights Watch sent a letter to the United Kingdom Home Secretary, Priti Patel who has now scheduled the first flight carrying people for June 14. Asylum seekers sent to Rwanda are then to be processed … More UK Expulsions to Rwanda Especially Egregious for LGBTQI+ Asylum Seekers

The UK’s Off-Shoring of Asylum Process is Anti-Asylum and Anti-LGBTQI+

The United Kingdom published its safety assessment on Rwanda, intended to justify a recently announced agreement to send asylum seekers crossing the English Channel or other so called “irregular” or dangerous routes to the Central African country, for processing. An off-shoring of asylum! Britain was one of the first countries to ratify the Refugee Convention … More The UK’s Off-Shoring of Asylum Process is Anti-Asylum and Anti-LGBTQI+

Historic Confirmation of First Black Woman Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States

Today we rejoice as one of the most qualified Justices ever is confirmed by the United States Senate to the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. President Joe Biden kept his promise. With many blessings, African Human Rights Coalition congratulates Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and the People of the United … More Historic Confirmation of First Black Woman Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States

On Title 42 – An Anniversary Urging Biden to Ditch Trump’s Illegal Expulsions

On Title 42’s Two-Year Anniversary, Advocates Urge Biden to End Illegal Expulsions WASHINGTON — On the two-year anniversary of Title 42, groups challenging expulsions of asylum-seeking families urge the Biden administration to end the deadly policy. Earlier this month the groups won a major victory in their class action lawsuit Huisha-Huisha v. Mayorkas, with the D.C. Circuit prohibiting … More On Title 42 – An Anniversary Urging Biden to Ditch Trump’s Illegal Expulsions

Perhaps Ukraine Can Wake the World to the GLOBAL Refugee Crisis

Dear All, I am so happy that it is the weekend. Because this has been a hella week. Yet our hella is nothing like the HELL being experienced around the world. We can either use our time to escape other people’s hell with lip service – we can talk the hell out of it – … More Perhaps Ukraine Can Wake the World to the GLOBAL Refugee Crisis

Hunt and Kill The Gays Ugandan Minister Lokodo is Dead

The Ugandan Minister Who Hunted Gays is DEAD ! Uganda’s Former ethics and integrity minister Rev Fr Simon Lokodo is dead. Ironically Fr Lokodo, one of the greatest human rights abusers who persecuted LGBTQI Ugandans was a member of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) and in commission of this work died Saturday morning in … More Hunt and Kill The Gays Ugandan Minister Lokodo is Dead

African Human Rights Coalition Mourns the Passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“We see before us a land, bereft of much justice, and therefore without peace and security. Unrest is endemic and will remain an unchanging feature of the South African scene until apartheid, the root cause of it all, is finally dismantled.” African Human Rights Coalition mourns the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, fondly called Arch … More African Human Rights Coalition Mourns the Passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Senegal Lawmaker’s Holiday Gift to Gays is one of Persecution

It is being reported by Reuters and AHRC community that a group of Senegalese lawmakers drafted new law that would tighten already oppressive laws against same-sex relations, lengthening potential jail terms for those convicted of LGBTQI+ activities.   Homosexuality is punishable by up to five years in prison in Senegal, where arrests and prosecutions have … More Senegal Lawmaker’s Holiday Gift to Gays is one of Persecution

TV Interview: The Namibian Anti-Child Appeal on Citizenship through Gay Parents

Namibia’s benchmark decision in the case of Luehl v Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, where Judge Thomas Masuku granted a toddler Namibian citizenship through descent of its parent (Oct 13, 2021) has been appealed by the Namibian Government. Namibian Government Appeal is a Failure to Decolonize Sexuality “By appealing the case, the Namibian Government … More TV Interview: The Namibian Anti-Child Appeal on Citizenship through Gay Parents

SA Human Rights Commission Joins Caster Semenya Appeal

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has announced that it will be a third party in the appeal matter between 800m runner Caster Semenya and the Swiss Federal Supreme Court which will be heard at the European Court of Human Rights. Semenya is seeking to overturn a ruling by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court which upheld … More SA Human Rights Commission Joins Caster Semenya Appeal

Re-Publish: Very little has Changed as Christians Persecute Gays, Lesbians and Trans People

Re-Publish: Written in 2016 – NOT IN GOD’S NAME- This Continues with Little change – except an increase in the migration and decriminalization by a mere 2 countries, Botswana and Angola. NOT IN GOD’S NAME –   A brief Reflection on Violence Promoted by Christian Churches in Africa, By Melanie Nathan, African Human Rights Coalition©, … More Re-Publish: Very little has Changed as Christians Persecute Gays, Lesbians and Trans People

Ghana and the New Hateful Anti LGBTI Draft Bill

Ghana is launching into anti-LGBTQI swampland that will bring violence and danger to LGBTQI individuals in that country, as well as risk the nations standing with regard to international AID and tourism. Draft anti-gay legislation submitted to Ghana’s parliament may legislate up to 10 years in prison for LGBTQI individuals as well as groups those … More Ghana and the New Hateful Anti LGBTI Draft Bill

Undermining Protection in the EU: Report on Proposed Pact on Migration and Asylum

Members of the European Parliament have been discussing the proposed EU Pact on Migration and Asylum. The Commission presented the Pact last September as a “fresh start,” promising to create a comprehensive, regional approach to asylum and migration. Eight months later, negotiations continue with agreement far from sight. The EU is long overdue to establish … More Undermining Protection in the EU: Report on Proposed Pact on Migration and Asylum

44 Arrested at Shelter in Uganda’s Anti-Gay Hunt

44 Arrested at Shelter in Uganda Under Suspicion of Being LGBTQI with forced Anal Exams Below is the Report and request for assistance from the Human Rights Legal Team in Uganda. It is our belief at African Human Rights Coalition that this group was targeted under suspicion that it is a shelter for homeless LGBTQI … More 44 Arrested at Shelter in Uganda’s Anti-Gay Hunt

In Ghana 21 Suspected Lesbians and Gays Hunted, Stormed, Arrested

“We must share this story – to bring awareness, as to criminalization and the homophobia and transphobia that drives it. Often resulting in obscuring the lines between justice, law and how it is used to hunt humans and persecute.” Melanie Nathan, Executive director African Human Rights Coalition.   Police in Ho, Ghana, have arrested 21 … More In Ghana 21 Suspected Lesbians and Gays Hunted, Stormed, Arrested

Statement by UN Human Rights Experts on IDAHOT

“Certain narratives, coupled with false affirmations presented as science-backed fact, feed the fake notion that there is an inherent conflict between these rights of religious freedom and the basic human rights of LGBT individuals. This manufactured contradiction then becomes another tool that perpetuates and aggravates their sociocultural exclusion.” On behalf of the African Human Rights … More Statement by UN Human Rights Experts on IDAHOT

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

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