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-

Why the U.S. Senate Must Also Pass the Respect for Marriage ACT

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Respect for Marriage Act by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 267-157, with 47 Republican Votes. The bill repeals the aged and repulsive Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), previously dealt with under case law by the Supreme Court of the United States, but under threat since the reversal … More Why the U.S. Senate Must Also Pass the Respect for Marriage ACT

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+

Red Pepper Journalist Apologizes for Hanging Threat Against GAYS

AN INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA SPECIAL, By Melanie Nathan- May 17, 2022 The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide. By 2016, the commemorations had taken place in 132 … More Red Pepper Journalist Apologizes for Hanging Threat Against GAYS

Steve Hofmeyr Reports from His Queer Closet in Namibia

So Steve Hofmeyr is a famous something in Southern Africa, perhaps even Namibia. Although I am from South Africa I had never heard of him until he came out recently with some statement that perhaps the PLUS sign at the end of the LGBTQI+ acronym includes “bestiality.” I think he may be an actor or … More Steve Hofmeyr Reports from His Queer Closet in Namibia

South African Radio – Melanie Nathan from Philadelphia Freedom to African Decolonization

THE PHILADELPHIA REPORT – I was invited to do a weekly series on South African Radio: Each day, the fabulously talented South African personality, Jonathan Taylor hosts his “Breakfast in Bed,” a show on Radio Today, which live streams 8:00 AM, South African time, at www.rt1485.com THE PHILADELPHIA REPORT MARCH 21, 2022 – By the mid to … More South African Radio – Melanie Nathan from Philadelphia Freedom to African Decolonization

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

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

UNHCR and USA – Good News for Advancing Needs of LGBTQI+ and other Refugee

From African Human Rights Coalition web-news: Much work occurred this past year by and on behalf of LGBTQI people in forced displacement, including the UNHCR Global Roundtable, with 13 thematic workshops resulting in 39 crucial recommendations. As well as UNHCR’s monthly consultations and Panel As well as World Pride Summit for Refugees, Asylum Seekers and … More UNHCR and USA – Good News for Advancing Needs of LGBTQI+ and other Refugee

Title 42 Hurts Trans People as American Politicians Pay Lip-Service to Trans Day Of Remembrance

The Biden administration is letting us down as it continues to abide the trump era Title 42. Title 42 of the Public Health Service Act of 1944 allows federal health officials to prohibit people and goods from entering the country in the event of a pandemic. However activists and sensible Americans and especially physicians believe … More Title 42 Hurts Trans People as American Politicians Pay Lip-Service to Trans Day Of Remembrance

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

Decriminalize SOGIESC the African Way

In an academic article* it is noted via the Abstract: “The vulnerability of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in Africa to public health and other risks is heightened by their exclusion from socio-economic opportunities and services. We analyzed existing regional-level legal and policy instruments and treaties for the opportunities they offer to tackle … More Decriminalize SOGIESC the African Way

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

Closing Speech at Malmö Key Points on LGBTQI+ Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Key points in Melanie Nathan’s Closing Keynote, held at World Pride, Copenhagen, 2021,Human Rights Conference and Refugee, Asylum and Immigration Summit, Malmö, Sweden The REFUGEE, ASYLUM & IMMIGRATION SUMMIT in Malmö included people with lived-experience, human rights defenders, and those who we hold responsible for the legislation, policies and services that ultimately impact and saves … More Closing Speech at Malmö Key Points on LGBTQI+ Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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

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

Uganda Passes Onerous Sexual Offenses Act and Impact on LGBT Individuals

Here is the HRAPF Analysis of the newly legislated Ugandan Sexual Offenses Act, 2021: While HRAPF notes that the “The Act does not specifically target LGBT persons, sex workers or persons living with HIV since its aim is to consolidate criminal provisions on sexual offenses generally. However, many of its provisions directly affected these criminalised … More Uganda Passes Onerous Sexual Offenses Act and Impact on LGBT Individuals

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

The Equality Act Re-introduced into U.S. Congress

Today the Equality Act (H.R. 5) was reintroduced into Congress. The Bill is a comprehensive federal civil rights bill that would create permanent protections for LGBTQ individuals, women, and people of color from discrimination in seven critical sectors, including healthcare, housing, education, employment, federal funding, and public accommodations. The bill was passed by the House … More The Equality Act Re-introduced into U.S. Congress

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

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