Kenya High Court upholds gay sex ban
May 24, 2019
The Kenyan Penal Code makes it a felony to have “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” or to commit “gross indecency.” The sentence for these offenses ranges from 5-21 years in prison.
Kenya’s Constitution guarantees human dignity and freedom from discrimination. However, the justices determined that these laws were not discriminatory and rejected that the statutes discourage people from seeking HIV treatment.
Kenyan civil rights group, the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, plans to appeal the ruling.
After the recent recognition of The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission as an NGO, advocates were hopeful that the court would rule in their favor.
Kenya appeals court rules LGBT group can register as NGO
March 22, 2019
A Kenyan Court of Appeal on Friday denied an appeal of the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Coordination Board that sought to deny an LGBT group’s registration.
In 2015 the High Court ruled that the group, the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission(NGLHRC), could register with Kenya’s NGO board with the words “gay” and “lesbian” in its name, but the Coordination board appealed this decision, arguing the organization was “unacceptable,” and that it could not register it because Kenya’s penal code “criminalizes gay and lesbian liaisons.”
Three judges out of five on the Court of Appeal in Mombasa ruled in favor of the organization. Judge Philip Waki said that the penal code does not criminalize the LGBT’s ability to form a group and that they have a constitutional right to freedom of association.
According to a tweet from NGLHRC, three judges dismissed the appeal and agreed with the lower court’s ruling that “ALL, including LGBT persons, should be allowed to form an organization and that what is criminalized is the act (in the penal code) and not the person, the Kenyan.”
The ruling comes exactly one year to the date since a Kenyan court ruled against a law that required Kenyans to undergo forced anal examinations when suspected of same-sex relations. The organization remains in a legal battle concerning homosexual acts currently punishable under Kenya’s penal code, a decision set for May 24 this year.
Supremo de Kenia advierte al Parlamento de que podría ser disuelto si no aumenta el número de mujeres con escaño
Fuente: La Información
30 de marzo, 2017
El Tribunal Supremo de Kenia ha dado este miércoles un total de 60 días al Parlamento para que aplique la normativa y aumente el número de mujeres con escaño en el organismo, advirtiendo de que podría ser disuelto en caso contrario.
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