Resolution 275 and the realisation of LGBTIQ+ rights in Africa

ANALYSIS Dr Ayodele Sogunro & Sohela Surajpal 24 June 2022 In 2014, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights adopted Resolution 275, the ‘Resolution on Protection against Violence and other Human Rights Violations against Persons on the basis of their real or imputed Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity’.[1] This move, undertaken within a political…

Covid-19 and the expanded criminalisation of same-sex relations in Uganda

ANALYSIS Adrian Jjuuko (LLD) 17 June 2022 As Pride Month 2022 continues, the Ministry of Health in Uganda has raised alarm on the rising number of new COVID-19 infections.[1] Although the Ministry has not mentioned considering lockdowns at the moment, there is cause for worry for LGBT persons and organisations working on LGBT issues. The…

As you light another cigarette

COMMENT Gift Mauluka 15 June 2022 Malawi’s 2021 tobacco sales have generated a cumulative earning of over USD 197 million, representing a 13 per cent increase from the proceeds realised in the 2020 season. According to the Tobacco Commission in Malawi, the volume and revenue are expected to increase in the coming season as farmers’…

On a difficult mission – Somalia elects Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the new president

COMMENT René Brosius 10 June 2022 In the evening of 8 February 2017, it was clear: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed also known as “Farmaajo” is Somalia’s 9th president. People in Mogadishu were excited, the streets were filled with joyous pedestrians that were celebrating the feeling of hope which Farmaajo represented. There was no feeling of fear,…

‘LGBTIQ+ children’ and the rights of the African child

COMMENT Godfrey Dalitso Kangaude LLD 10 June 2022 The January 2022 demonstrations in Kenya [1] sparked by discriminatory statements a government official made about LGBTIQ+ students contributed to the visibility of children as subjects of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression (SOGIE) rights. In most African communities, sexuality is taboo; LGBTIQ+ is branded ‘un-African’.…

Same-Sex Sexuality in Senegal

ANALYSIS Dr Aminata Mbaye 03 June 2022 On December 25th, 2021, the Senegalese parliament rejected the proposition from a religious collective aiming to further criminalize same-sex sexuality in Senegal. The Senegalese parliament explained this decision by emphasising that the Senegalese legislation already mandates the punishment of same-sex practices. Furthermore, the Senegalese president Macky Sall assured…

Enlightened racism? European philosophy entanglements with racism and colonial practices – then and now

ANALYSIS Silvia Donzelli 31 May 2022 Debates in the wake of Black Lives Matter movement are contributing to the disclosure of multilayered patterns of racist thought and practices hitherto concealed behind the respectable curtain of Western traditions and normative institutions. Among the pillars of Western cultural legacy that are being profoundly shaken in this process,…

“Separate But Equal”: From Plessy to Brown – The (In)ability of the US Courts in the Quest for Racial Desegregation

ANALYSIS Kilili Nthiw’a 27 May 2022 “We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. Therefore, we hold that the plaintiffs and others similarly situated for whom the actions have been brought are, by reason of the segregation complained of,…

Racism Concerns in Search Results and Implications for Researching on African Issues

COMMENT Nelson Otieno 13 May 2022 “Why Africa” Search Results Search results are enabled by algorithms that collect, organize, and categorize data into contexts to produce desired results. With this in hindsight, I have done a quick random (and admittedly unscientific) analysis by searching for the word ‘Why Africa’ on Yahoo search engine. I note…

Anti-racism in international human rights law – What is radical enough?

ANALYSIS Thoko Kaime and Isabelle Zundel 06 May 2022 The africanlegalstudies.blog has sent the focus month “Longing for an Anti-Racist World” into a second round. Rightly so, since (un)surprisingly racism is still “one of the globe’s most severe catastrophes”[1] to cite Prof. Arndt in her contribution on this forum last year. The cruel manifestations of…