Civil rights group launches challenge to Kenya’s strict anti-gay laws

Kenya FlagOn April 16, 2016 The Independent reported: A civil rights group in Kenya has filed a case in the country’s high court in a bid to end the criminalisation of same-sex relations.

The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission is challenging a Kenyan law which makes “carnal knowledge… against the order of nature” an offence, punishable by 14 years in prison, along with “gross indecency with another male”, which carries a maximum sentence of five years.

The Kenyan state prosecuted 595 people for their sexuality between 2010 and 2014.

The Commission’s legal challenge, due to be heard in October, is being led by the group’s leader, Eric Gitari, who launched a previous successful challenge against the government in order to have the group officially registered.

The country’s laws against same-sex activity are “criminal punishment of Kenyan adults who consent to engage in mutually desired same-sex activities with their partners”, the Commission argued.

Read more at: Civil rights group launches challenge to Kenya’s strict anti-gay laws | Africa | News | The Independent

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