Efforts to establish anti-homosexual laws stir nervousness among the LGBT community and beyond.
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"The fear for our lives is everywhere, but it has increased of late. I am now verbally attacked, and last month my friend was assaulted simply because she said she was a lesbian. The attacks can happen in any scenario," said the 35-year-old. His concerns come at a time when the parliament of this East African nation has revived the infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill, also known as the "Kill the Gays" bill.
Njamela told her story to a "People's Commission of Inquiry" set up by the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) outside the Cape High Court on Monday. This followed the delay of the official Commission of Inquiry established by Premier Helen Zille. The premier's Commission of Inquiry was established following demands in 2011 by several civil society organisations including the SJC. It has been delayed because the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa has filed papers with the Cape High Court trying to interdict it from proceeding. The interdict hearing will be held in December and so the official Commission is on hold until at least then. Monday was supposed to be the first day the official Commission, which is being chaired by former Constitutional Court judge Kate O'Regan and former head of the National Prosecuting Authority Vusi Pikoli, would hear testimonies. The "People's Commission" was set up by the SJC to show their dissatisfaction at official commission being delayed.
allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience..."While the penal code relates specifically to sexual conduct, we are seriously concerned that it is being applied in a broad-brush way to prosecute many individuals on the basis of their appearance, their mannerisms, style of speech or general conduct," Mr. Colville said.
He noted that OHCHR calls for an end to the arbitrary arrest and detention of all persons suspected of homosexual behaviour, as well as access to justice for those already detained.
BLANTYRE, Malawi -- Going against a trend in Africa, Malawi's government is moving to suspend laws against homosexuality and has ordered police not to arrest people for same-sex acts until the anti-gay laws are reviewed by parliament.
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As thousands made their resolutions for 2013, main stream Churches and evangelical preachers have asked Parliament to urgently pass the Anti-Gay Bill, to avert the recruitment of youngsters to adopt the same-sex behaviour.
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While U.S. Christian Right leaders made headlines when international pressure forced them to retract support for Uganda’s notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009, a new report by Political Research Associates shows that U.S. Christian Right groups continue to build organizational strength and campaign to inscribe homophobia and anti-abortion politics in the constitutions and laws of African countries in the years since.
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