On 16 October 2013, the long awaited trial of human rights activist, Paul Kasonkomona, proceeded in the Lusaka Magistrates Court in Zambia. Evidence led by the State during Kasonkomona’s trial confirms suspicions that the arrest and prosecution of Kasonkomona was politically motivated.

Enough is enough! There are no more excuses left. It is time for the African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights to pack its bags and leave Banjul – promising to return to its original home when President Yahya Jammeh is eventually removed from office.

Gay men exist everywhere and African health workers and HIV activists must accept that fact - or AIDS will continue to ravage the continent. 


Bail delays in 'carnal knowledge' case must end

Court dismisses case against HIVactivist Paul Kasonkomona

Malawi's former ruling party - the ironically-named Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) - has a lot to answer for. It should be cravenly apologising for the mess it made of Malawi and working to come up with some decent policies for the elections ahead (or disbanding in shame). Instead, it is trying to drum up support by beating the old drum of homosexuality - hoping that this divisive issue will make Malawians forget the party's past abuses.

In February 2012, a small group of people tried to register an independent organisation in Botswana. The objectives of the organisation are to promote the universality of human rights in Botswana and to encourage the provision of health services without discrimination. The organisation would seek to achieve these objectives through advocacy, education and research.

So far, so good.

OSISA support crucial to success of documentary

And so it came to pass. After weeks of hate speech and ‘gay-bashing’ by homophobic politicians and religious leaders, two men have been arrested in Zambia for the ‘sin’ of being gay. Ever since Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu launched into his latest anti-homosexual tirade a few weeks ago, it was only a matter of time before the police – and public – took action. And now they have.

Reverend's impassioned plea for gay rights

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