Kenya: High Court rules LGBT group can register as NGO

| May 18, 2015

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The High Court of Kenya recently ruled that a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, rights group can formally register as an organization.

The High Court decision was issued in response to a petition filed by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. In March 2013, a government agency rejected the group’s request to register because the organization’s name was “unacceptable,” and because gay and lesbian relationships are illegal under Kenya’s penal code.

Graeme Reid is LGBT rights director at Human Rights Watch. He says: “The court decision is a significant victory for the LGBT community not only in Kenya, but elsewhere in Africa where LGBT groups have faced similar obstacles to registration.”

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Photo: Activists and allies from Kenya stage a rare protest in solidarity with their the Ugandan LGBT. Credit: Ken Curtis/AP