Freeman, George Reginald. “Unveiling the Unspoken Lens of Reality.” Barcelona: Pride Equality International, 2017.
- Category: Reports
- Source: UNHCR,NGOs
- Subject: Belonging,Asylum/Refugee,Bisexual,Discrimination,Documentation status,Gay,Homophobia,Lesbian,Sex work,Sexual Orientation,Transgender,Transphobia
- Place: Cameroon,Cote d'Ivoire,Kenya,Mali,Nigeria,Senegal,Sierra Leone,Tanzania
- Year: 2017
- File: PEI-UnveilingUnspokenLensReality_-Eng.pdf
In many African countries, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) people and at times heterosexuals perceived to be LGBTQI people are persecuted because of their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Numerous studies have shown that homosexuality is illegal in 38 of the 54 African countries, with Nigeria, Egypt and Botswana allowing for the death penalty. Even in some countries where there is no death penalty, religious intolerance is igniting people by giving them the right to kill through homophobic and trans-phobic comments. Homophobia, expressed by social attitudes and legal provision, has made this social group outcast and isolated form their families, communities and societies. It is our hope that through these findings and subsequent recommendations, every stakeholder will be better equipped to make every effort to curb human rights violations and minimize the plight of this particularly vulnerable and oft-forgotten group.