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NGLHRC Temporarily Closes Business after Filing  Court Case

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Due to the court case filed by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), the organization issued an official statement explaining why they see fit to remain closed between 16th and 24th April.

The case challenges and seeks to remove criminal punishment for Kenyan adults who consent to engage in mutual same sex activities with their partners.  To therefore avoid any unwarranted attacks and hate crimes, the organization will not be opening for official business as they monitor the security situation.

Kenya is one of the many African countries that continues to criminalise same sex relationships and sexual acts as they are largely considered to be taboo and repugnant to the cultural values and morality in the East African state. Sex acts between men are illegal under Kenyan statutes and carry a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment, except 21 years in certain aggravating circumstances. Sex acts between women are not mentioned specifically in those statutes, although it is arguable that the gender-neutral term person in Section 162 of the Penal Code includes women.

Below are the contents of the public notice ad embedded is the same as released by NGLHRC

REF: TEMPORARY  CLOSURE OF OFFICIAL BUSINESS

We will  remain closed from 16th -24th of April 2016 after  filing  a law suit to challenge  and remove  criminal punishment of  Kenyan  adults  who  consent  to  engage  in  mutually desired  same-sex  activities with  their partners.

Recent analysis and reports agree that  most  Kenyan communities and their  larger  society  still  largely  fear and/or hate people  who are known and/or perceived to be gay, or identify with a gender other  than the two most  socially normal. During  this time  of closure  after  filing  the decrim  law suit, we will  be monitoring the security  situation whilst  helping to keep our team and lawyers  and the community from  any unprecedented events.

We apologize for any inconveniences caused during these times.

NGLHCR-Public Notice

The Administration,

National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, P.O. Box, 52695-00100,

Off State House Road, Nairobi-Kenya.

Tel: 0204400525 I Mail: [email protected]

 


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