Solidarity with LGBT Africans

Stop the homophobic witch-hunts in Commonwealth nations

London, UK – 6 August 2013

 

At Brighton Pride last Saturday the Peter Tatchell Foundation & the African LGBT Out and Proud Diamond Group marched in solidarity with LGBT Africans, against homophobic persecution in Cameroon, Uganda, Malawi and Nigeria.

VIEW PHOTOS of our contingent on the march: http://bit.ly/16upuZK

Read about the anti-gay witch-hunt in Cameroon: http://bit.ly/17u6XtU and about the draconian homophobic law in Nigeria: http://bit.ly/11I80Y7

These witch-hunts and repressive laws defy the guarantees of equality and non-discrimination for all citizens, which are enshrined in the constitutions of many African countries and of the African Charter of Human and People’s Rights.

Cameroon, Uganda, Malawi and Nigeria are all member states of the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth claims to stand for civil liberties and individual freedom, but it is failing to speak out publicly against these attacks on LGBT human rights. It must show moral and political leadership by openly defending LGBT communities and intervening to support the victims. Silence is collusion.

Urge the Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma, to speak out. Email him direct: [email protected]int