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Namibia: Ensure safety of LGBTI persons amid High Court verdict in “sodomy” case

Namibian authorities must ensure the safety of LGBTI persons in the country before, during and after the expected 21 June ruling in a case challenging colonial-era “sodomy” and “unnatural offences” laws which criminalize same-sex sexual conduct, Amnesty International said.

Amnesty International also called on authorities to protect LGBTI persons from harassment, violence or discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBTI groups and individuals must be able to assemble and associate without fear of intimidation, discrimination or attacks.

“In recent weeks, Amnesty International has observed alarming rhetoric threatening LGBTI persons in Namibia,” said Khanyo Farise, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East and Southern Africa.

“This disturbing pattern echoes the aftermath of another case last year concerning the rights of LGBTI individuals, which led to a notable surge in discrimination and hostile rhetoric against them in Namibia.”

Source: Amnesty International


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