Kenya: Gay rights campaigners call for the decriminalization of same-sex relations

Gay rights campaigners have filed a case in Kenya’s High Court calling for the decriminalization of same-sex relations.

 

The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission said that the law violates constitutional rights to equality, dignity and privacy and can result in up to fourteen years in prison.

 

The group’s petition said, “Those laws degrade the inherent dignity of affected individuals by outlawing their most private and intimate means of self-expression”.

 

Last year, President William Ruto said that there was no room for gay people in the country vowing to defend Kenya against homosexuality during a speech in a church in Nairobi. Many religious leaders in Kenya believe adamantly that homosexuality is “un-African”.

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