A People Condemned: The Human Rights Status of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, In East Africa 2009-2010

Published: July 21, 2011

Contents

Glossary…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………2
Methodology————————————————————————————————————4

INTRODUCTION————————————————————————————————————-5
Introduction To LGBTI Life In East Africa——————————————————————————-5

LEGAL AND POLICY FRAMEWORK RELEVANT TO LGBTI PERSONS IN EAST AFRICA ———–19
National Laws—————————————————————————————————————–19
Criminalising Homosexuality in East Africa?————————————————————————–21
International Instruments————————————————————————————————– 22

HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND ABUSES BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION IN
EAST AFRICA.—————————————————————————————————————-24
Protector Turned Violator: State Sponsored Homophobia———————————————————24
“That One Will Spoil Your Children”: Societal Homophobia——————————————————-28
The Unwanted Tenant: Denial of the Right to Housing————————————————————-30
Condemned at School——————————————————————————————————32
Violated at Work————————————————————————————————————- 34
Denial of Registration of LGBTI Organisations———————————————————————–35

TRANSGENDER, TRANSSEXUAL AND INTERSEX PERSONS: THE UNTOLD STORY……………..36
Denied Identity and Dignity: Being a Transgender Person in East Africa————————————-36
Wishing the Problem Away: The Case of Intersex Persons——————————————————40

ACCESS TO JUSTICE—————————————————————————————————–42

A BLEAK REALITY: THE CHALLENGES OF ACCESSING HEALTH RIGHTS FOR
LGBTI PERSONS IN EAST AFRICA————————————————————————————44
Intersections of Access to Health and HIV/AIDS———————————————————————46

NAMING AND SHAMING: THE ROLE OF THE MEDIA IN SHAPING PUBLIC DISCOURSE———-48

ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK?———————————————————————-52
Conclusion and Recommendations————————————————————————————-52
Education and Sensitisation:———————————————————————————————-52
Capacity Building and Networking:————————————————————————————–54
Legal Initiatives:—————————————————————————————————————54

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