Theme

SOGI-Rights

Regional Situation

The promotion of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) rights remains extremely controversial in most countries on the African continent. Consensual same-sex relationships are illegal in all but two countries in the East and Horn of Africa, and general attitudes toward sexual minorities are hostile throughout the sub-region. Human rights defenders attempting to broaden the space for SOGI communities face judicial and physical harassment and intimation by both State and non-State actors. Lesbian, Gay, Transsexual, and Bisexual (LGTBI) defenders are particularly vulnerable, risking physical threats, public shaming, and social isolation due to the stigma associated with their work and identity.

HRC38: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention

DefendDefenders call attention to worrying developments in Sudan and Tanzania.

27 June 2018
Spreading Fear, Asserting Control: Tanzania’s assault on civic space

DefendDefenders raises the alarm about a growing human rights crisis in Tanzania

26 June 2018
HRC38: ID with the Independent Expert on SOGI and the Special Rapporteur freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

UN Human Rights Council: 38th regular session Item 3: Clustered interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity and the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Oral statement Mr. President, On behalf of DefendDefenders...

18 June 2018

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Spreading Fear, Asserting Control: Tanzania’s assault on civic space

DefendDefenders raises the alarm about a growing human rights crisis in Tanzania

26 June 2018