Nigerian House of Representatives pass anti-gay marriage bill

The Nigerian House of Representatives today approved the bill banning gay marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, setting prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders. It has moved a step further to being passed into law. The bill will now be sent to President Goodluck Jonathan for him to […]

South Africa an unsafe haven for gay and trans refugees

Gay refugees in South Africa 400w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />With South Africa facing a flood of gay and trans refugees, a creaking asylum system is exposing them to corruption, homophobia and the risk of attack A little over a week ago, Rachel, a 28 year-old asylum seeker from Uganda had her room in a home in a township […]

Britain’s Cameron urged to back Obama in global campaign for gay and lesbian rights

The Kaleidoscope Trust yesterday called on David Cameron to back a new global initiative to combat human rights abuses against LGBT people launched by President Obama on Wednesday. The US government strategy to protect the rights of gay and lesbian people around the world and combat the criminalisation of homosexuality was set out in a […]

Ugandan lesbian rugby player granted asylum in Germany

The former head of Uganda’s female rugby team has been granted asylum in Germany after facing harassment after Ugandan sports officials found out that she was a lesbian. The Ugandan tabloid, Red Pepper reported Thursday in Kampala that, “She was the captain of the all conquering Kyadondo Rugby Club-based Thunderbirds Women’s Team.” The paper added, […]

Ugandan LGBTI activists react to Britain’s imminent deportation of gay asylum seeker

LGBTI activists in Uganda want the British government to develop local capacity for vetting gay asylum seekers intending to enter Britain. The activists told Behind the Mask on the eve of the UK’s imminent deportation of a Ugandan gay asylum seeker, Robert Segwanyi, back to Uganda, that often the British Home Office takes decisions without […]

Conference hears how Uganda is generating LGBT refugees

Jeff Ogwaro is programme officer with the Uganda Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights Constitutional Law. The International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) international conference – which took place in Kampala, Uganda, over the period 3–6 July 2011 on the theme of ‘Governing migration’ – hosted two roundtable discussions on issues of […]