African Leaders Take Action to Support Equality
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today praised the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights for issuing a resolution calling for established protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The resolution calls for specific action to address escalating violence against Africa’s LGBT community.
- “ensure that human rights defenders work in an enabling environment that is free of stigma, reprisals, or criminal prosecution as a result their human rights protection activities, including the rights of sexual minorities,” and
- “end all acts of violence and abuse, whether committed by State or non-state actors, including by enacting and effectively applying appropriate laws, prohibiting and punishing all forms of violence including those targeting persons on the basis of their imputed or real sexual orientation or gender identities, ensuring proper investigation and diligent prosecution of perpetrators, and establishing judicial procedures responsive to the needs of victims.”