Speaking up for LGBT rights in Africa

African Commission on People's and Human Rights sessionBY CATHERINE MORPETH

Yesterday, the public proceedings of the African Commission on People’s and Human Rights (ACHPR), founded in 1987, came to close, and it remains to be seen what will become of the ideas proposed and how they will affect LGBT people throughout Africa. The resolutions put forward will be discussed in private until November 5. Despite the progress and support behind the advancement of the African LGBT community, or as they prefer to be titled, the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), the commission will not necessarily adopt them. However, their progress this year marks a stepping stone for LGBT rights in Africa, as their voices are heard publicly and universally.

The forum is a highly politicised environment as grievances between or about certain states are thrown into the public eye, making it a hugely important event for the LGBT community. SOGI have been making progress these last few years with the eleven elected members of the commission, and this year they managed to get almost 50 participants to focus on SOGI goals.

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