Human rights defenders urge respect for LGBTI Africans


Human rights advocates from more than a dozen African countries have issued a call for respect for the human rights of LGBTI people in Africa, a move that builds on aresolution made last year by the AfricanCommission for Human and Peoples’ Rights.  The gathering included representatives from Burundi, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo, which have repressive anti-gay laws.

By Jean Marc Yao

Régions de l'Afrique Six regions of Africa. Participants at the Lomé conference came from West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, and Southern Africa.

Human rights defenders from 13 countries in Africa met earlier this year in Togo and issued a declaration urging African nations to respect the rights of LGBTI people.

The human rights defenders came from West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo), Central Africa (Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda), Kenya and South Africa. The conference was held Feb. 28…

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