LGBT rights in Africa: Will Kenya be the latest to pass anti-gay law?

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07/18/2023

In the latest sign of rising homophobia in different African countries, a Kenyan opposition MP is leading a campaign for parliament to further criminalise the country’s small LGBTQ community. George Peter Kaluma’s move comes after neighbouring Uganda adopted a tough new anti-gay law, rejecting threats by US President Joe Biden to impose sanctions and travel restrictions on “anyone involved in serious human rights abuses”. When I met Mr Kaluma – a member of veteran Kenyan opposition politician Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement – he was sitting behind his desk at his office in the capital Nairobi, proof-reading and making corrections to a bill that he intends to table in parliament soon.

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