After Khadar arrived in Germany from Somalia in December 2014, he waited nearly two years for his asylum interview - the appointment that would decide if he could stay in the country. Khadar, who is gay, left his hometown of Qoryoley in southern Somalia aged just 17 because his life was in danger, he said. Homosexuality is outlawed in Somalia, one of a handful of countries where consenting gay sex is punishable by death.
The provisional federal constitution states that all citizens, regardless of sex, religion, social or economic status, political opinion, clan, disability, occupation, birth, dialect, age, race, color, tribe, ethnicity, culture, or wealth, shall have equal rights and duties before the law. The provisional constitution does not prohibit discrimination based... Expand
The provisional federal constitution states that all citizens, regardless of sex, religion, social or economic status, political opinion, clan, disability, occupation, birth, dialect, age, race, color, tribe, ethnicity, culture, or wealth, shall have equal rights and duties before the law. The provisional constitution does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Authorities did not enforce anti-discrimination provisions effectively in any of the regions.
Same-sex sexual contact is punishable by imprisonment for two months to three years. The law does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Society considered sexual orientation and gender identity taboo topics, and there was no known public discussion of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in any region of the country. There were no known LGBT organizations, and no LGBT events occurred. There were few reports of societal violence or discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity due to severe societal stigma that prevented LGBT individuals from making their sexual orientation or gender identity publicly known. There were no known actions to investigate or punish those complicit in abuses. Hate crime laws or other criminal justice mechanisms did not exist to aid in the prosecution of bias-motivated crimes against members of the LGBT community.
Source: U.S. Department of State's  Human Rights ReportContract
The Government of Kenya has announced that it intends to close all refugee camps in the country, and while UNHCR implores Kenya to reverse this decision, we await information as to how they plan to deal with what could be a severe crisis. LGBT refugees, after seeing the headlines, are now extremely stressed and uncertain as to how their cases will continue in the UNHCR system and are worried about their ability to survive, financially, as a prime funding organization withdraws its stipends. The closure impacts mostly those people who have fled war torn Somalia and Sudan.
He’s been condemned by other Muslim leaders and banned from several mosques but the unpleasant man has broken his silence to come out as Australia’s first openly gay Imam. Melbourne Imam Noor Warsame – who is a well-respected leader of a mosque in the Islamic community in Australia – was once married and has a young daughter. The Somali-born man revealed his battle with reconciling his faith and sexual identity for decades – and at one point, he attempted to take his own life after suffering years of trauma. But after living in silence, the father of one has taken a bold step after coming out publicly in a bid to provide support to young gay Muslims who are too afraid to speak up. “My intentions are to try to make a difference in Muslim homes,” he said.
LGBT asylum-seekers from Somalia have a strong case against being returned to their home country, says solicitor Benjamin Christman, a legal advocate for immigrants in Northern Ireland. Citing excerpts from the “Report on the Treatment of Gay Persons in Somalia” , Christman's argument could not be made clearer.
When the boy came into the room, his eyes brimmed with tears. The news he brought was devastating. “They are talking about killing you,” he told his older cousin. Using a phone smuggled into her room, Sahra (whose name has been changed here over concerns for her safety) sent a despairing plea for help to friends on the outside. Although she didn’t know it then, her killing was thought to have been scheduled to take place after Friday prayers two days later, and time was running out.
Born in Somalia and raised in Kenya in a Muslim household, Uman is redefining outsider art in NYC. Uman's multidisciplinary artwork -- paintings and masks and collages and blankets and more -- will be exhibited by both Louis B James gallery and Galerie Anne de Villepoix at this year's upcoming Outsider Art Fair.
A ground-breaking new UN agreement on global development goals has been stripped of language supporting the rights of LGBTI people. Efforts to include LGBTI people have been thwarted. Ambassador Usman Sarki of Nigeria demanded that the agreement be “cleaned” of references to LGBTI equality.
The U.N. human rights chief said in a new report that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people are victims of "pervasive, violent abuse, harassment and discrimination" in all regions of the world. The report cites hundreds of hate-related killings.
Homophobia thrives in most countries in Africa, making the continent an oppressive place to live for countless LGBT people.
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