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Planned anti-gay rally in Ethiopia is cancelled

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- A planned anti-gay rally that would have made Ethiopia the latest African country to demonize gays has been cancelled, officials said Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
Ethiopia

Africa’s anti-gay movement spreads to Ethiopia

Thursday, April 10, 2014
ADDIS ABBA, Ethiopia -- Two groups in Ethiopia said Thursday that they will hold an anti-gay demonstration later this month, a move that puts Ethiopia in line to become the next African country to increase the public demonization of gays. [ Read more → ]
Jacob Zuma

South Africa president says he ‘respects’ Uganda’s anti-gay law

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- The president of South Africa on Tuesday said he respects Uganda’s right to pass anti-gay legislation and that no action will be taken against the country. [ Read more → ]
Egypt

Egyptian court sentences men to 3-8 years for homosexuality

Monday, April 7, 2014
CAIRO -- A judicial official says an Egyptian court has convicted four men of committing homosexual acts and sentenced them to up to eight years in prison. [ Read more → ]
Pope Francis

Pope Francis presses anti-AIDS chastity strategy in Africa

Monday, April 7, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV. [ Read more → ]
Madelene Cronjé)Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron.

Openly gay judge on top South African court discusses sexuality, state of nation

Sunday, April 6, 2014
JOHANNESBURG — An openly gay judge on South Africa's Constitutional Court recently hosted a launch for his new book in the foyer of the court, a symbol-laden structure partly built with exposed brick from the apartheid-era prison that once stood on the same hilltop. At the event, another judge praised Edwin Cameron, loftily describing their workplace as a shrine to democracy but also ribbing the colleague he sees often. [ Read more → ]
Rebecca Vassie, APUganda's President Yoweri Museveni arrives at an anti-gay rally organized by a coalition of Ugandan religious leaders and government officials, at the Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, Uganda, Monday, March 31, 2014.

Uganda police raid U.S. project known to offer HIV treatments to gays

Friday, April 4, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Ugandan police raided the offices of a United States-funded project known to offer AIDS services to gays, a government spokesman said Friday, in what appeared to be the first public action by police to enforce a new law that strengthened criminal penalties against gay sex. [ Read more → ]
Ethiopia

Ethiopia to allow mass anti-gay protests to alert society to ‘homosexual agenda’

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Addis Ababa’s municipality on Tuesday approved a mass anti-gay protest to be held in Ethiopia’s capital and throughout the country later this month, according to the Ethiopian Reporter. [ Read more → ]
Sharia Commission court entrance in Bauchi, Nigeria.

Two men accused of homosexuality freed by Nigerian Shariah court

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
BAUCHI, Nigeria -- A Nigerian Shariah court has freed two men accused of gay sex and belonging to a homosexual club, saying the prosecution failed to prove its case. [ Read more → ]
David Olyn

South African man murdered after attacker told witnesses he was ‘going to kill a fag’

Monday, March 31, 2014
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- A 21-year-old man in South Africa has been tortured and brutally murdered in what has been reported as an anti-gay hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Rebecca Vassie, APUgandans supportive of their government's anti-gay stance attend a march and rally organized by a coalition of Ugandan religious leaders and government officials, at the Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, Uganda, Monday, March 31, 2014.

Uganda holds ‘thanksgiving’ event in celebration of anti-gay law

Monday, March 31, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has launched fresh condemnation of gays, saying they deserve punishment because homosexuality "is criminal and it is so cruel." [ Read more → ]
APRev. Christopher Senyonjo, 82, gives a sermon on human sexuality at his makeshift church, the size of a small office, in Kampala, Uganda.
Senyonjo's sermons attract many gays who are familiar with his sympathetic views in a country where other Christian preachers have led Uganda’s anti-gay crusade.

Despite tough new anti-gay law, Uganda cleric ministers to local gay community

Saturday, March 29, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Young men sing hymns and recite the Bible before the Rev. Christopher Senyonjo gives a sermon on human sexuality. When the service is over some go to his desk, one by one, for counseling no other Ugandan religious leader is known to offer gays. [ Read more → ]
Ruhakana Rugunda

Uganda official says U.S. cut as much as $6 million in aid because of anti-gay law

Friday, March 21, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Uganda's health minister says the government has lost up to $6 million in annual U.S. government support over the East African country's new anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
Rainbow Ethiopia

Ethiopia proposes to make homosexual acts a non-pardonable offense

Thursday, March 20, 2014
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Lawmakers in Ethiopia are expected to pass into law a bill that would make same-sex acts a non-pardonable offense. [ Read more → ]
Uganda

U.S. suspends some aid to Uganda health ministry over anti-gay law

Friday, March 14, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- The U.S. has suspended some aid to Uganda's ministry of health, officials said on Thursday, the first such response by the U.S. since the passage of Uganda's harsh anti-homosexuality law passed last December and signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni February 24. [ Read more → ]
APSouth African Navanethem 'Navi' Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

UN human rights official: Nigeria’s anti-gay law may harm public health

Thursday, March 13, 2014
ABUJA, Nigeria -- The U.N. human rights chief says Nigeria's new anti-gay law may have "negative consequences" for public health. [ Read more → ]
Ethiopia

Gay Ethiopian faces persecution, prison if deported from the U.S.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. -- Federal immigration officials in Boston are seeking to deport a 19-year-old gay Ethiopian man, where he is likely to be persecuted and imprisoned. [ Read more → ]
File

Uganda human rights activists challenge anti-gay law in court

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Human rights activists on Tuesday petitioned Uganda's Constitutional Court to challenge the validity of an anti-gay measure that allows severe penalties against homosexuality. The activists - under a group called Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law - hope the... [ Read more → ]
red--pepper-tabloid

Telecom giant pulls ads from Uganda paper over publishing names of ‘suspected’ gays

Monday, March 10, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- An LGBT advocacy group says the global telecom company Orange has withdrawn advertising from a Ugandan tabloid newspaper that printed the names of 200 suspected homosexuals after a severe anti-gay law was enacted last month. [ Read more → ]
Nigeria

Four men convicted of gay sex whipped in north Nigerian court

Thursday, March 6, 2014
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Four young men were convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as punishment Thursday in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria, a human rights activist said. [ Read more → ]
APJohn Kerry

Kerry speaks with Uganda president, says anti-gay law complicates U.S. ties

Friday, February 28, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told Uganda's president that the African nation's new anti-gay law will complicate its relationship with America. [ Read more → ]
GALZMartha Tholanah and members of GALZ legal team leaving the court on Wednesday after their victory.

Zimbabwe’s gay community wins a landmark court victory

Friday, February 28, 2014
HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwe’s LGBT community is celebrating a court victory in which authorities sought to shut down the country's main LGBT rights advocacy group. [ Read more → ]
Uganda

Aids cuts, loan delays hit Uganda’s economy, poor health sector

Friday, February 28, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- The health project in Uganda for which the World Bank is delaying a loan does not face an immediate shortage of money, an official said Friday, allaying concerns that work to improve maternal and child health services could stall because of the country's new anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
World Bank headquarters in Washington DC

World Bank delays $90 million loan to Uganda over anti-gay law

Thursday, February 27, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The World Bank has postponed a $90 million loan to Uganda over its anti-gay law that has drawn widespread criticism from Western governments, the United Nations and rights groups. [ Read more → ]
Paul Kasonkomona

Zambia human rights activist acquitted after pro-gay remarks

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
JOHANNESBURG — Legal activists say a Zambian human rights worker has been acquitted in a Lusaka court of charges related to comments he made in support of the rights of gay people. [ Read more → ]
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