Uphold sexual minority rights in the great lakes

by Human Rights First Rwanda Association
Uphold sexual minority rights in the great lakes
Uphold sexual minority rights in the great lakes
Uphold sexual minority rights in the great lakes
Uphold sexual minority rights in the great lakes
Uphold sexual minority rights in the great lakes
Uphold sexual minority rights in the great lakes
Uphold sexual minority rights in the great lakes
Uphold sexual minority rights in the great lakes

Project Report | Oct 16, 2018
Organizing empowerment and advocacy meetings

By Mbabazi Louis | Project Leader

The full and equal participation of LGBT people in society remains hampered by persistent prejudice, lack of legal and civil equality, and the actions of a well-organized, politically powerful minority dedicated to enforcing inferior status on the LGBT population. The legal and social environment in Rwanda continues to be extremely discriminatory and violent against sexual minorities I.e Lesbians, Gays Bisexual and transgender people (hereinafter LGBT).  Great stigma and discrimination occurs against these people who are either unable or unwilling to hide the fact that they have sex with partners of the same sex or sell their bodies for monetary gain. The adverse effects include eviction from families and neighborhood, loss of jobs and housing, discrimination in the health and Justices services, and a high level of violence. As a consequence many sexual minority members in Rwanda are among the poorest and most marginalized members of society, and have no social safety net or legally constituted Associations of their own to defend them when their rights are violated by both state actors and non-state actors .

It is against this background that human Rights First Rwanda Association began organizing empowerment drives and meetings from August 2018 with LGBT community members  to sensitize them on their rights as enshrined in the constitution and other International ratified Human rights documents like the International conventional on civil and political rights so as to be at the forefront in advocating for their rights to association.

Rwanda has ratified many international human Rights legal instruments including the international convention of civil and political rights the principle of non-discrimination underpins the protection of individuals under the International convention on civil and political rights (ICCPR) , regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Under Article 2(1), state parties are required to “undertake to respect and to ensure to all individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction the rights recognized in the present Covenant, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property birth or other status”


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Human Rights First Rwanda Association

Location: Kigali - Rwanda
Project Leader:
Mbabazi Busingye
Kigali , Kigali Rwanda
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