Legalise prostitution and homosexuality, says Kenyan National Human Rights Commission

The Kenyan government’s human rights watchdog wants same-sex relationships and prostitution legalised. This is amongst a raft of recommendations the Kenya National Human Rights Commission (KNHRC) has proposed in a report that recommends how to safeguard sexual and reproductive health rights. The report, launched on Thursday, is as a result of a public inquiry that had […]

Securing a safe place for all Liberians

When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, recently expressed in an interview opposition to LGBT rights — specifically decriminalization — and was vague about support for increased criminal penalties for LGBT people, a shockwave was felt around the world. LGBT Liberians everywhere and all who have great respect for […]

UPR of Togo: willingness to improve but ‘no’ to decriminalisation of same-sex relations

On 6 October 2011 the Working Group on the UPR considered the human rights situation in Togo. The delegation sent by Togo comprised eight delegates, including ministerial representatives from several departments, such as the Minister of Justice, the Minster of Arts and Culture, the Minister of Commerce and the Director General of the Promotion of […]

Rights body in Uganda urges parliament to decriminalise homosexuality

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has called on the newly sworn in Ugandan 9th Parliament to decriminalize homosexuality. In the Commission’s 13th annual report to Uganda’s Parliament on the human rights situation in the country, the UHRC said it was “Gravely concerned that homosexual behaviour was criminalized in Uganda.” The UHRC was established under […]