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Burundi|I love my country but my country does not love me. The situation of LGBTI persons in Burundi2003-2013..

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MOLI, an LGBT organization based in Burundi, just released “I love my
country but my country does not love me: The Situation of Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Persons in Burundi
(2003-2013).” a report on the situation of LGBTI persons in Burundi.
The report was written by Irwin Iradukunda, Human Rights Defender,  in collaboration with Jean Regis Ninteretse, Christian Rumu and Star
Rugori; and translated into English by Stefan Sonnenberg, Interim
Director of the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
Clinic at Stanford Law School, in California, USA.
To recap, during the months of November 2013 to February 2014, MOLI
conducted a research on the evolution of Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex in Burundi over the period
comprised between 2003 and 2013.
This report, the first of its kind in Burundi, retraces the birth of
the LGBTI movement in Burundi, its growing, key facts that marked the
movement for the human rights of LGBTI people in Burundi, and the
situation of LGBTI and people presumed as such; all with a
consideration of the international context, the political, the legal,
the economic, the social, and cultural contexts of Burundi.

Chris Rumu and Yves Aerts (LGBT federation çavaria) in the Belgian Parliament - 2010

Chris Rumu and Yves Aerts (LGBT federation çavaria) in the Belgian Parliament – 2010

This report contains as well recommendations to improve the respective interventions by various stakeholders towards the sexual minorities, in Burundi.
Please download the report here.
In 2010 Chris Rumu was invited to Belgium by WISHvzw, watch the video -partialy in dutch-  made during his visit here or read the Humure Blog on the remarkable work done during this short visit here.

 

Notorious Ugandan gay activist driven into asylum

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John Abadallah Wambere, a prominent Ugandan gay activist aka Long Jones, who was featured in the documentaries Call Me Kuchu and “Missionaries of Hate,” filed for asylum today in the United States.

John -AKA Long Jones - WambereWambere has been an activist for 14 years, as a co-founder of Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, through which he has worked to ensure the safety of the LGBTI community, reduce stigma, assist LGBTI Ugandans under arrest, and educate about HIV. He has continuously advocated for tolerance and equality, his exile became inevitebaly.

On his journey around the globe to seek support for the Ugandan LGBT community,  he came to Belgium september 2013 and march 2014 to meet with different NGO’s and politicians.  Uganda’s LGBTI community has been under escalating public, political, and physical attack in recent years, culminating in the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act and its signing into law on February 24, 2014 by President Yoweri Museveni. Long Jones, is one of the people that inspired hundreds of people to protest against this evolution. He has been a role model for many.

“This has been a very, very difficult decision for me,” Wambere said. “I have devoted my life to working for LGBTI people in Uganda, and it gives me great pain not to be with my community, allies, and friends while they are under increasing attack. But in my heart, I know it is my only option, and that I would be of no use to my community in jail.”

John was outed as gay by newspapers, harassed by strangers, received death threats from anonymous phone calls, evicted from his home, and beaten up.  Now,  under the new law,  he also faces life imprisonment should he return.

WISH2.be who welcomed other activists in exile under its members is convinced that John made an adult and mature decision in very difficult circumstances. We urge people not to judge the person for the simple reason that he searched protection when under extreme threat, and we hope that he can still be an inspiring father for the community in Uganda. Knowing Long Jones we know this is not the end of a journey, neither an opportunistic choice, this is a broken life saved.

Read the article by Colin Stewart here:

Prominent Ugandan gay activist seeks U.S. asylum

Read more about his file for asylum here.

 

 

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Belgian Parliament: unanimous on Uganda

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In an earlier post we reported about the resolution voted unanimous in the Belgian Federal Parliament on the 22nd of march 2014.

Here is the text of the conclusions in English, (French and Dutch in the download version).

We will get back to you on how we want to use the text after the may 25 federal elections, and for that purpose your comments are very welcome.

Please leave a reply and refer to the requests number when relevant.

WE REQUEST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
1. to emphasize the importance of respecting sexual orientation and gender identities in any political dialogue with the Ugandan authorities;

2. to make clear reference, when negotiating a new Program of Cooperation (PC) between Belgium and Uganda, to the universality, indivisibility and inalienability of human rights and to link the evaluation of the appropriateness of the PC with willingness of the Ugandan authorities to make extreme efforts to create a basis for tolerance regarding sexual and gender diversity;

3. to include in the PC a clause requiring the Ugandan government to take clear measures to implement a policy of non-discrimination regarding the LGBT community, without harming the LGBT community and its supporters;

4.  to consult constantly with the local partners working in the human rights field and with the LGBT community when implementing the PC where it is focused on the non-discrimination against LGBT people and on the empowerment of the LGBT community, in order to ensure that the policy and initiatives benefit a broad social base;

5. to ensure that reports on the evaluation of partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation include a specific chapter devoted to the respect of the rights of LGBT people;

6 . to invest sufficient resources, in the framework of the PC with Uganda, in awareness campaigns for the general public regarding fundamental human rights and, in particular, LGBT rights and the prevention of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV ) in the LGBT community;

7 . to perform, within the framework of the Belgian policy on health and sexual rights, a situational analysis of the target group of LGBT people in Uganda, and to base that policy on the conclusions of the analysis;

8. to encourage all money lenders, with a view to the long term, to perform judicial analysis for appropriate penal legislation and anti-discrimination legislation that Uganda really needs, in order  to create a basis for the decriminalization ;

9. to invest in the development of an accessible health care sector in Uganda and especially to ensure that LGBT people are not discriminated against in this field;

10. to urge the Ugandan government, both bilaterally and through the European bodies, to reverse its decision of the 20 May 2012 to prohibit the aforementioned NGOs.

Dowload the FR-NL-EN version here.

Find the full text of the resolution in FR-NL here.

 

(With thanks to Jan Paenhuysen and Steven Tate for responding the call for translation.)

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