Court orders Kenya to register LGBTI activist group

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Kenya’s High Court has ruled that the government cannot refuse to give official recognition to LGBTI organizations on the basis of Kenyan law prohibiting same-sex intimacy. The April 24 ruling came in a case brought by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC).

The news was announced in this press release from NGLHRC:

Press Release: High Court Judgment on Petition 440 of 2013

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The High Court of Kenya, in a groundbreaking precedent, ruled on April 24, 2015, that lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, transgender and queer (LGBTIQ) persons can formally register their organizations and welfare groups. That popular morality should not be a basis for limiting rights in Kenya. 

The decision was issued in response to a petition filed by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) to register under the Non-Governmental Organizations Coordination Board Act. The Non-Governmental Organizations Coordination Board had rejected the request to register NGLHRC more than five…

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