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Court rules that Kenyan government can’t block gay rights groups

April 2015, 7:28 PM | Nick Duffy | pink news logo

Eric Gitari of the NGLHRC celebrated the ruling
Eric Gitari of the NGLHRC celebrated the ruling
 
Kenya’s High Court has ruled that the government can no longer block LGBT groups from formally registering their organisations.
 
A pro-gay group in the country, the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, has fought a long-running legal battle after being blocked from registering as an NGO – leaving them without a number of legal protections.
 
The NGLHRC has had its application to register as an NGO blocked five times since 2012 – with a Non-Governmental Organizations Coordination Board finding that the name of the organisation was “unacceptable” as the Kenyan Penal Code criminalises “gay and lesbian liaisons”.
 
However, the High Court set a ground-breaking precedent in a ruling today, which found that the groups should be permitted – and that popular morality and religion should not be basis for limiting rights in Kenya.
 
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