I would like to bring you some updates from Tanzania, at this moment when the Tanzania government continues to violate human rights and creating an atmosphere of violence, intimidation, and discrimination. We are so much troubled by the continued threats, arrests and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,
The state of human rights and rule of law in Tanzania is deteriorating and inhibiting, peace, and security. This makes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people fear of getting arrested and be subjected to humiliation by undergoing pseudo scientific examination for evidence of same sex.
For the last two weeks we had this busy and tuff task securing safe places for and relocating lesbian,gay,bisexual and transgender individuals to hide avoid the arrests and also making sure they have the entire emergency support. When the announcement to hunt lesbian,gay,bisexual and transgender people was made no one was expecting it and it just caught us in such a way that we could do nothing better than searching for safety before legal Action. We have learned to avoid confrontation and maintain a low profile which helps especially in a country where there is not rule of law. We also worked tirelessly with the foreign media to make sure the spread the word and let the world know how the dangerous it is for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Tanzania, which was very successful
November 7th 2018, was the Global Day of Action for the Tanzanian lesbian,gay,bisexual and transgender Community, which we managed partner with Activist in New York and Tel Aviv and organized rallies that carried messages in support of lesbian,gay,bisexual and transgender Tanzanians but also had good demands to the government, together with social media posts.
Here is a sample message that was posted on Face book and twitter
I stand with the LGBT community in Tanzania. The crackdown is unconstitutional and Violates Tanzanian and international human rights law #IStandWithLGBTinTanzania
Our main demand is that the government should act decisively to safeguard the rights of lesbian,gay,bisexual and transgender individuals, civil society organizations, human rights defenders, and all people in accordance with the constitution.
I would like to sincerely thank all our supporters and donors who made sure everything went smoothly and sure, the work is still tuff, and we have just started, do not get tired of supporting us till we see full #EqualityinTanzania.