LGBTI organisation Bedayaa will mark IDAHOT 2016 this year with a campaign held across Sudan, Egypt and Algeria. The campaign will include the work of local Trans and LGBT organisations and will hope to address issues of discrimination and stigma facing the LGBT community.
The interim constitution states, “All persons are equal before the law and are entitled without discrimination as to race, color, sex, language, religious creed, political opinion, or ethnic origin to the equal protection under the law.” Other articles of the constitution encourage tolerance between different tribes and provides... Expand
The interim constitution states, “All persons are equal before the law and are entitled without discrimination as to race, color, sex, language, religious creed, political opinion, or ethnic origin to the equal protection under the law.” Other articles of the constitution encourage tolerance between different tribes and provides protections for women and persons with disabilities. The law provides safeguards for children. The government worked to promote the rights of women, children, and persons with disabilities. It did not always provide protections to persons of different religious groups. There were no protections for persons based on their sexual orientation or identification.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons are not considered a protected class under antidiscrimination laws. The law does not specifically prohibit homosexuality but criminalizes sodomy, which is punishable by death. Antigay sentiment was pervasive in society. LGBT individuals expressed concern for their safety and did not identify themselves publicly. A few LGBT organizations existed but operated underground due to fear of official and societal discrimination. Several LGBT persons felt compelled to leave the country due to fear of persecution, intimidation, or harassment.
There were no reports of official action to investigate or punish those complicit in LGBT-related discrimination or abuses.
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.
An asylum seeker who fled Ghana after being assaulted and threatened for her sexual orientation, has been denied refuge in Israel. A refugee committee decided that because she previously had a relationship with a man, she must have “chose the lesbian lifestyle,” and therefore her asylum request was invalid.
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.
Homophobia thrives in most countries in Africa, making the continent an oppressive place to live for countless LGBT people.
The Nile Valley area of Egypt and Sudan is not often thought of as a place where LGBTI persons can find support and build community. The cultural and legal restrictions around...
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