June 2019

You win some, you lose others, but never give up

It has been a week since the devastating judgement, where the High Court dismissed our petition seeking to decriminalize same sex intimacy in Kenya. Filed in 2016, the case challenged the constitutionality of sections 162 (a), (c) and 165 of the Penal Code of Kenya which outlaw 'carnal knowledge against the order of nature and indecent acts between males whether in public or private.

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MAY 2019

A blow for human rights as High Court upholds discriminatory laws criminalising LGBT people in Kenya

Kenyan rights groups have expressed extreme dissatisfaction today as the High Court ruled that laws targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people do not breach the 2010 Constitution.

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May 2019

Justice Delayed.

In their decision, the three judge bench -Lady Justice Roselyn Aburili, Justice Chacha Mwita and Justice J. Mativo-found that the petitioners failed to convince the court that the clauses were used to discriminate against the sexual and gender minorities.

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Kenya Lifts Ban on Lesbian Love Tale, in Time for Oscar Nominations

“The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission argues that sections 162, 163 and 165 of the code are in breach of the constitution and basic rights of Kenyan citizens.”

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LGBT Kenyans hope for court win after India scraps 'gay sex' ban

“A battle in Kenya’s courts to throw out a British colonial-era law criminalising gay sex has been reinvigorated after India scrapped similar legislation in a landmark ruling last week…”

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Kenyan Rights Groups Look to Indian Supreme Court Ruling With Hope

“The news out of India is truly something to celebrate and we congratulate our LGBT family in India on this victory. Changing the law is a monumental step in beginning to address the systemic violence targeting LGBT persons across the globe.”

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Otherwise Podcast Episode 64: #Repeal162

The #Repeal162 movement is a part of a long struggle for the recognition and protection of the rights of the LGBTQI community in Kenya. It consists of 2 ongoing court cases…”

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Understanding the gay rights case and Penal Code penalties

“The idea that homosexuality is not African has no basis in fact. The petitioners have expert witnesses who will show that all societies have roughly the same percentage of persons sexually attracted to those of the same sex — about 4 per cent.”

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Decriminalisation Of Consensual Same Sex Sexual Conduct In Kenya

“Over 1,000 incidents of violations against LGBTQ people since 2014 have been documented — ranging from murder to mob violence, verbal assault, rape, blackmail and extortion.”

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AG opposes making homosexuality legal in Kenya

“He has asked the court to dismiss a case seeking to decriminalise a section of the Penal Code that makes it illegal to have consensual same sex.”

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