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.
DefendDefenders call attention to worrying developments in Sudan and Tanzania.
DefendDefenders raises the alarm about a growing human rights crisis in Tanzania
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...