Advocacy on LGBTIQ Rights to Association within the Great Lakes Region
By Nzovu Job Ruzage - Project leader
For the last three Months Human Rights First Rwanda Association and its partners have tried to mobilize and work with like-minded organization around the region to fight and protect the rights of sexual minorities during this COVID-19 pandemic with , Increased hate speech , discrimination ,violence , stigmatization, violation of sexual minorities rights which has been ongoing.
HRFRA organized a regional workshop on the freedom of Association and right to peaceful assembly, which was held on 26thand27thAugust2021 in Kigali Rwanda and was attended by prominent LGBITIQ activists from central and East Arica African countries. Countries represented included The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Burundi, The Republic of Tanzania, and Rwanda. During this workshop, the members present discussed issues highlighting challenges faced by sexual minorities(LGBTIQ+) in accessing their right to freedom of association and the right to peaceful assembly.
Deliberations also revolved around concerns within the formal registration of LGBTIQ+ organizations in their respective countries and in the region at large. This workshop also provided an opportunity for ongoing activism.
With your continued support we will continue our Advocacy and activism work in the protection of sexual minorities in the Great lakes Region.
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