Lawyers from across Africa gather to discuss LGBT rights

LGBTI activists and lawyers who have been working on LGBT rights met in South Africa to discuss a number of high profile cases on the continent such as the arrest of 11 Cameroonians in 2005, the continued arrest of 18 men on sodomy charges in Northern Nigeria and the Ooyo and Mukasa v. Attorney General of Uganda in their successful challenge on the violations of their rights.

Lawyers, activist leaders and donors attending the meeting acknowledged the importance of impact litigation for repealing sodomy laws and challenging other discriminatory statutes and policies.

Such litigation however needs to be situated within the context of local, national and regional LGBT groups.

Participants discussed the need for security for lawyers defending LGBT clients and causes. Many of the lawyers at the meeting had faced attacks on their reputations, attempts at disbarment, and even physical violence…… Continue reading