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Press Statement: Pan Africa ILGA Board announces Acting Executive Director

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PRESS STATEMENT

22 August 2017

Pan Africa ILGA Board announces Acting Executive Director.

The Board of Pan Africa ILGA is pleased to announce and welcome Nate Brown as the acting Executive Director of Pan Africa ILGA in the absence of Executive Director, Monica Tabengwa.

Monica Tabengwa will be taking time off during her sabbatical to complete her LLM dissertation in Senegal. From 1 August till December 2017. Nate Brown will accordingly fill in as Acting Executive Director till Monica returns to office fully.

Nate Brown has been working for Pan Africa ILGA as the Finance Manager for over a year and has extensive experience in the sector. He has intimate understanding of PAI’s vision and strategic goals, which makes him suited for the role. “I am very grateful for the opportunity Pan Africa ILGA has given me to grow and gain more experience in the movement. I am delighted and honoured to serve in this position as mandated to me by the Board of PAI. I look forward to working together with the Board and staff members at PAI to serve our community. I am happy to work in a team that, despite the challenges of a growing NGO, still manages to preserve a hands-on, practical mentality.” says Nate Brown.

The Board is confident that Nate Brown will successfully carry out the mandate of Pan Africa ILGA, and we encourage all our members and partners to support him. Ms. Tabengwa will continue to provide support where needed to ensure continuity of ongoing projects.

Statement issued by the Board of Pan Africa ILGA

 

Kumkani Sivu Siwisa
Communications & Membership Officer
Sivu.Siwisa@panafricailga.org
+27 (11) 339 1139
www.panafricailga.org

 

Pan Africa ILGA Welcomes New Staff Members

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02 May 2017

Joburg, South Africa: Pan Africa ILGA Welcomes New Staff Members

Pan Africa ILGA welcomes Anthony Oluoch and Sivu Siwisa who are joined us on 2 May 2017 as our new Programmes Manager and Programme Officer: Communications, respectively.

Anthony Oluoch is a Kenyan lawyer who has worked within the LGBTI movement for the past 7 years. He worked as the Legal and Human Rights Officer at the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya where he was instrumental in the design and initial implementation of what was then, a strategy towards decriminalization of adult consensual same sex conduct. He then joined Gay Kenya Trust, an organization that works towards equality and non-discrimination for all including gay and lesbian individuals in Kenya. He currently sits on the advisory panel of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award and the board of the IDAHOT Committee.

Sivu Siwisa is a Black Queer Non-Conforming Feminist and LGBTIAPQ+ activist with a huge appetite for communications, advocacy, movement building and organising. They are a Communications Specialist by training, and are committed to using feminist frameworks to create communications tools and strategies for social justice work across the continent. Sivu has worked for South Africa’s leading advertising agencies as a Copywriter and has also worked at Gender DynamiX as a Media and Communication Officer. They were instrumental in the inception of the Alternative Inclusive Pride and has been an active contributor in organising of Khumbulani Pride. Sivu was named Brand South Africa’s 40 under 40 for their gender activism work and was also named as one of Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans to look out for, for their contribution to Civil Society.
Mr. Oluoch and Siwisa join PAI at a time when the organisation is growing, with the aim to meet its strategic goals for the next three years. They both bring with them a wealth of experience, strength and a vision towards making PAI a regional body that benefits all her members.

We are very proud to have Tony and Sivu joining our team. Please join us in welcoming them! They can be reached at Anthony.Oluoch@panafricailga.org and Sivu.Siwisa@panafricailga.org.

For more enquiries contact Richard Lusimbo-Co-Chair PAI Board at rlusimbo@gmail.com, +27795558219 or Monica Tabengwa-Executive Director at monica@panafricailga.org +27767958245

Uganda: Investigate Break-ins at Groups’ Offices

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ILGA and Pan Africa ILGA are among the 31 human rights groups demanding investigations on a series of attacks on Ugandan non-governmental organizations and human rights defenders

(Kampala) – The Uganda Police Force (UPF) should promptly, thoroughly, and transparently investigate a series of attacks on Ugandan non-governmental organizations and human rights defenders and hold suspects accountable, 31 Ugandan and international human rights groups said today in a letter to the police inspector general. The severity of one of the recent attacks, in which intruders beat a security guard to death, demonstrates the urgency of addressing these attacks, for which no-one has been held responsible.

Between April and May 2016, intruders broke into the offices of at least three groups in Kampala – the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), and the Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda). The break-ins followed more than two dozen previous break-ins at the offices of non-governmental groups since 2012. Although the police inspector general formed a committee of eight officers to investigate the break-ins in July 2014, no one has yet been brought to justice.

“The lack of accountability for attacks on non-governmental organizations has apparently led to an atmosphere in which attackers felt free to kill a security guard, in order to accomplish their aims,” said Maria Burnett, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The Uganda Police Force needs to live up to its obligation to actively investigate these cases and bring those responsible to justice.”

At HRAPF, the assailants beat to death security guard Emmanuel Arituha, ransacked the offices of the director and deputy director, and stole documents and a television screen. They did not, however, take computers, laptops, or other electronic equipment. Colleagues remembered Arituha as “always smiling and very committed to his work.” At the time he was killed, he had been helping to pay his two younger siblings’ school fees.

At FAWE, intruders stole a server, laptop and desktop computers, cameras, and projectors. At HRNJ-Uganda, camera footage shows a visitor apparently providing a dish of food containing sedatives to the security guards, allowing four intruders to search the premises after the guards fell asleep. More than two weeks after the most recent attack, police have not made any arrests.

Organizations whose offices were broken into in 2014 included Human Rights Network-UgandaAnti-Corruption Coalition UgandaUganda Land AllianceAction Group for Health, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS, and Lira NGO Forum. The groups are all known for their work on sensitive subjects – including corruption, land rights, freedom of expression, and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people – and for criticizing government policies.

In a further attack on the premises of Uganda Land Alliance in July 2015, another security guard, Richard Oketch, was beaten to death. No one has been arrested for his murder.

Each incident has been reported to the police in a timely fashion, but police efforts to investigate and collect evidence such as witness statements, DNA, and CCTV footage have been limited and lacked follow-up. In some cases, the police did not respond to the complaints or, more commonly, provided no substantive update on the status of investigations.

“Human rights defenders already work in a challenging and often repressive environment in Uganda,” said Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of HRAPF. “We’re determined to continue our work on behalf of the Ugandan people, but we need the police to stop disregarding these threats to our property, our physical security, and even our lives.”

As a state party to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Ugandan government should ensure the right to life and the right to liberty and security for all persons, as well as the right to freedom of association, both of which are severely impeded when organizations cannot conduct their work in a safe and secure environment. As set out in the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, countries have a duty to protect human rights defenders “against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure, or any other arbitrary action” as a consequence of their work to uphold human rights.

The organizations that sent the letter to the police inspector general called on him to clarify the steps the police have taken to investigate the most recent break-ins, as well as the previous wave of break-ins in 2014. The letter also asked the inspector general to outline how the police will protect human rights defenders, including HRAPF and others whose offices have been attacked, from further acts of violence.

“The lack of accountability and persistent impunity for attacks on human rights defenders and their offices sends a message that authorities condone and tolerate such attacks,” said Sarah Jackson, Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes at Amnesty International. “Ending impunity is essential to protecting and ensuring a safe and enabling environment for human rights defenders.”

Signatories to the letter include:

Amnesty International, Kenya
Centre for Human Rights – University of Pretoria, South Africa
Chapter Four Uganda, Uganda
COC-Netherlands, Netherlands
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, India
Community Development and Child Welfare Initiatives (CODI) Uganda, Uganda
EHAHRDP/Defend Defenders, Uganda
FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development, Norway
Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, Uganda
Freedom House, United States
FRI – The Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Norway
Health GAP, United States
Human Dignity Trust, United Kingdom
Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum, Uganda
Human Rights Network for Journalists, Uganda
Human Rights Network, Uganda
Human Rights Watch, United States
Icebreakers, Uganda
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), Switzerland
Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), Uganda
Legal Aid Service Providers Network-Laspnet, Uganda
NGO Forum, Uganda
Pan Africa ILGA, South Africa
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, United States
Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), Uganda
The African Centre for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (ACTV), Uganda
The National Coalition on HRDs, Uganda
Uganda Land Alliance, Uganda
Uganda Network of AIDS Service Organisations (UNASO), Uganda
UHAI-EASHRI, Kenya
Unwanted Witness, Uganda

Link to ILGA statement http://ilga.org/uganda-investigate-break-ins-at-groups-offices/

PAI Extends Their Thanks To Conference Participants

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The Pan Africa ILGA Board and staff would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation and thanks to all those who participated in the 3rd PAI Regional Conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 14-18, 2016.

The event brought together 180 participants from 34 countries in Africa. It attracted a diverse range of expert presentations including by key political figures, judges, human rights commissioners, human rights defenders and activists, donors and other regional and international allies.

The conference was about being part of a community; of belonging to a community of LGBTI citizens who came together to claim their rightful place in the continent; their right to belong in Africa and in their respective countries and communities, as FULL and EQUAL citizens.

The theme of the conference was ‘African Bodies: Breaking Ground Building Bridges”: As we celebrated our diversity and unity we also remembered those who laid the foundations, those who took the initial steps, and whose lives and livelihoods have been lost and/or destroyed, whose bodies have suffered indignity for our cause, and honoured those whose bodies continue to be the battleground of the struggle against inequality, discrimination, segregation and human rights violations!

Because We are proudly Africans, We refuse to be silenced or intimidated by bigotry, hate or intolerance, We shall continue to fight for social justice, equality, inclusion and recognition.

The 4th PAI Regional Conference will be held in 2018 in Gaborone, Botswana, we will be looking forward to more collaboration and community with you! Thank you one, thank you all!!

PLEASE VIEW OUR THANKYOU VIDEO HERE

Résolution OSIG 2016 : Mise à jour et appel à l’action

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-Les états d’Amérique latine prenant le devant pour une résolution OSIG – l’Argentine, l’Uruguay, le Chili, la Colombie et le Brésil – viennent d’annoncer leur intention de présenter une résolution lors de la prochaine session du Conseil des droits de l’homme en juin, en vue de créer un(e) Expert(e) Indépendant(e) de l’ONU pour attirer d’avantage l’attention sur les violations des droits humains fondées sur l’orientation sexuelle et l’identité de genre.

-Une coalition interrégionale d’ONG travaille à soutenir cette initiative historique. Nous vous demandons de soutenir nos efforts de créer un mécanisme de protection pour l’OSIG, en signant la déclaration commune des ONG ICI.

-La proposition s’appuierait sur les résolutions précédentes adoptées par le Conseil des droits de l’homme, y compris la résolution de 2011 sur les droits de l’homme, l’orientation sexuelle et l’identité de genre présentée par l’Afrique du Sud, et la résolution de 2014 présentée par le groupe d’Amérique Latine Centrale.

-Ces résolutions précédentes ont mandaté deux rapports par le Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme, qui ont documenté des violations graves dans toutes les régions du monde, y compris des cas de meurtre, torture, viol, détention arbitraire, discrimination en matière d’accès aux soins de santé, à l’emploi, au logement et à l’éducation, harcèlement, refus de l’identité de genre auto-identifiée, et d’autres abus. Le Haut-Commissaire a souligné, cependant, des lacunes graves en matière de protection, et a noté le besoin d’un mécanisme pour accorder une attention plus systématique à ces questions.

-Bien que les rapports précédents du Haut-Commissaire fussent des initiatives ponctuelles valables, les ONG ont continuellement souligné le fait que les violations des droits humains fondées sur l’orientation sexuelle et l’identité de genre sont des infractions systémiques, et nécessitent dès lors des réponses systémiques.

-En 2014, plus de 500 ONG de plus de 100 pays – de l’Australie jusqu’au Zimbabwe, de Sainte-Lucie jusqu’aux Samoa, de l’Uruguay jusqu’en Ouganda – ont exprimé leur inquiétude au sujet des abus liés à l’OSIG et ont fait appel au Conseil des droits de l’homme pour adopter une résolution qui garantisse des rapports réguliers, un dialogue constructif et une attention soutenue et systématique accordée à l’étendue des violations des droits humains pour ces motifs.

Maintenant, le moment est venu de traduire cet appel en actions, et d’exhorter l’ONU à mettre en place un mécanisme de suivi pour garantir une attention soutenue et continue accordée aux violations des droits humains fondées sur l’orientation sexuelle et l’identité de genre.

-Un(e) Expert(e) Indépendant(e) pourrait surveiller et documenter les violations des droits humains pour ces motifs, préparer des rapports annuels sur des questions telles que les causes sous-jacentes, nouer le dialogue avec des Etats du monde entier pour augmenter la sensibilisation sur les questions de l’OSIG, identifier les bonnes pratiques et encourager des réformes, aider à faire en sorte que les questions soient mieux intégrées à l’intérieur du système de l’ONU, et soutenir la société civile et les ONG qui s’occupent de ces questions. De plus, nous demandons que le mécanisme soit mandaté explicitement pour aborder les formes multiples et convergentes de discrimination, aider à ouvrir le dialogue auprès de l’ONU sur un éventail plus large de questions liées aux droits sexuels et à l’autonomie physique, identifier des domaines requérant une attention redoublée, et ouvrir la voie au progrès continu dans ces domaines. Cliquez ICI pour consulter la foire aux questions contenant plus d’information sur ce qu’un Expert Indépendant de l’ONU pourrait réaliser et quelle est son importance.

Déclaration commune de la société civile concernant l’Expert(e) Indépendant(e) de l’ONU sur l’OSIG

-Nous savons que dans les semaines à suivre, la résolution proposée par les gouvernements d’Amérique Latine rencontrera une résistance vigoureuse de certaines forces hostiles aux questions de l’orientation sexuelle et de l’identité de genre. Nous vous demandons de signer la déclaration de soutien ICI aujourd’hui, et de nous joindre dans notre appel à l’ONU pour adopter une position ferme contre la violence et la discrimination pour ces motifs.

Joint Civil Society Statement on establishing a UN Independent Expert to ensure sustained attention to human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity

قرارات حقوق الإنسان والنوع الاجتماعي والجنسانية: تحديث ونداء للعمل

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– دول أمريكا اللاتينية تقود قرارا لحقوق الإنسان والنوع الاجتماعي والجنسانية – الأرجنتين والأوروغواي وتشيلي وكولومبيا والبرازيل – أعلنت عزمها على تقديم مشروع قرار في الدورة القادمة في يونيو لمجلس حقوق الإنسان لتعيين خبير مستقل للأمم المتحدة لجذب مزيد من الاهتمام لانتهاكات حقوق الإنسان على أساس الميول الجنسية والهوية الاجتماعية.

-التحالف العابر للاقاليم من المنظمات غير الحكومية يعمل على دعم هذه المبادرة التاريخية. نود أن تنضم لجهودنا الرامية إلى إنشاء آلية حماية قرارات حقوق الإنسان والنوع الاجتماعي والجنسانية من خلال التوقيع على البيان المشترك للمنظمات غير الحكوميةهنا.

– سيتم بناء الاقتراح بناء على القرارات السابقة التي اعتمدها مجلس حقوق الإنسان، بما في ذلك القرار الصادر في العام 2011 بشأن حقوق الإنسان والميول الجنسية والهوية الاجتماعية الذي قدمته جنوب أفريقيا والقرار الصادر في  2014 الذي قدمه الفريق الأساسي لأمريكا اللاتينية.

– أدى إقرار هاذين القرارين السابقين إلى إعداد تقريرين من قبل المفوض السامي لحقوق الإنسان، والتي وثقت انتهاكات خطيرة في جميع أنحاء العالم، بما في ذلك القتل والتعذيب والاغتصاب والاعتقال التعسفي والتمييز في الحصول على الرعاية الصحية والعمل والسكن والتعليم، والترهيب، والتنكر لتعريف الهوية الاجتماعية للشخص، وغيرها من الانتهاكات. وأكد المفوض السامي، أن هناك ثغرات خطيرة في الحماية، وأشار إلى ضرورة وجود آلية لجذب مزيد من الاهتمام المنهجي لهذه القضايا.

– في الوقت الذي شكلت التقارير السابقة للمفوض السامي قيمة المبادرات لمرة واحدة، فقد أكدت المنظمات غير الحكومية باستمرارأن انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان على أساس الميول الجنسية والهوية الاجتماعية منتظمة، وتتطلب استجابات منتظمة.

– في العام 2014، أكثر من 500 منظمة غير حكومية من أكثر من 100 دولة – من استراليا إلى زيمبابوي، من سانت لوسيا إلى ساموا، من أوروغواي إلى أوغندا – أعربوا عن قلقهم إزاء الانتهاكات المتعلقة بقرارات حقوق الإنسان والميول الجنسية والهوية الاجتماعية ودعوا مجلس حقوق الإنسان إلى اتخاذ قرار لضمان توفر تقارير دورية،  وحوار بناء ومتواصل واهتمام مستمر،لاتساع نطاق انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان على هذه الأسس.

  • حان الوقت الآن لترجمة تلك الدعوات إلى العمل، وحث الأمم المتحدة على وضع آلية مراقبة لضمان الاهتمام المتواصل المستمر لانتهاكات حقوق الإنسان على أساس الميول الجنسية والهوية الاجتماعية.

– الخبير المستقل يمكن أن يرصد ويوثق انتهاكات حقوق الإنسان على هذه الأسس، وإعداد التقارير السنوية حول قضايا مثل الأسباب الجذرية، والتعامل مع الدول من جميع أنحاء العالم لبناء الوعي بقضايا حقوق الإنسان والميول الجنسية والهوية الاجتماعية، وتحديد الممارسات الجيدة وتشجيع الإصلاحات، والمساعدة على ضمان تكامل القضايا بشكل أفضل في جميع أنحاء منظومة الأمم المتحدة، والعمل على دعم المجتمع المدني والمنظمات غير الحكومية العاملة في هذه القضايا. وبالإضافة إلى ذلك، نحن ندعو لآلية صريحة لمعالجة الأشكال المتعددة والمتشابكة من التمييز، للمساعدة في فتح المحادثات في الامم المتحدة حول مجموعة واسعة من الحقوق الجنسية وقضايا الملكية الشخصية الجسدية، وتحديد المجالات التي تحتاج إلى مزيد من الاهتمام،وتمهيد الطريق لمواصلة التقدم في هذه المجالات. تجدون هنا وثيقة تتضمن الأسئلة والإجابات حول المزيد من المعلومات حول ما يمكن لخبير الأمم المتحدة المستقل تحقيقه ولماذا وجوده مهم.

– نعلم أنه في الأسابيع المقبلة سيواجه القرار المقترح من قبل حكومات أمريكا اللاتينية سيواجه هجوما كبيرا من القوى المعادية للقضايا الميول الجنسية والهوية الاجتماعية. ونحن ندعوكم إلى تأييد بيان الدعم اليوم هنا، والانضمام إلينا في مطالبة الأمم المتحدة إلى اتخاذ موقف قوي ضد العنف والتمييز على هذه الأسس.

http://arc-international.net/joint-civil-society-statement-on-establishing-a-un-independent-expert/

بيان المجتمع المدني المشترك حول تعيين خبير مستقل للأمم المتحدة لضمان الاهتمام المستمر بانتهاكات حقوق الإنسان على أساس الميول الجنسية والهوية الاجتماعية

الأسئلة والاجابات: إنشاء آلية للأمم المتحدة للتصدي لانتهاكات حقوق الإنسان على أساس الميول الجنسية والهوية الاجتماعية

SOGI Resolution 2016: Update and Action Alert

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SOGI resolution 2016: Update and Action Alert

The Latin American States leading on a SOGI resolution – Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia and Brazil – have just announced their intention to present a resolution at the upcoming June session of the Human Rights Council to create a UN Independent Expert to bring greater attention to human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A cross-regional coalition of NGOs is working to support this historic initiative.

SUPPORT THIS CALL

Pan Africa ILGA, the African regional secretariat for ILGA, holds a membership base of more than 100 organizations and CBOs across the African region. With the gross human rights violations still perpetrated in more than 23 countries in Africa against persons of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities, an Independent Expert would greatly benefit us in bringing to light the human rights based violations around SOGIE.

PAI is acknowledges the diverse opinions around this matter and its board along with the World ILGA board are in full support of this resolution and urges all its members and non-members to sign the Call for Action. 

We are asking you to join our efforts to create a SOGI protection mechanism. The proposal would build upon previous resolutions adopted by the Human Rights Council, including the 2011 resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity presented by South Africa and the 2014 resolution presented by the Latin American core group. These previous resolutions mandated two reports by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which documented serious violations in all regions of the world, including killings, torture, rape, arbitrary arrest, discrimination in access to health care, employment, housing, and education, bullying, denial of one’s self defined gender identity, and other abuses. The High Commissioner highlighted, however, serious protection gaps, and noted the need for a mechanism to bring more systematic attention to the issues.

While the past reports of the High Commissioner have been valuable one-off initiatives, NGOs have consistently underscored that human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity are systemic, and require systemic responses. In 2014, more than 500 NGOs from over 100 countries from Australia to Zimbabwe, from St Lucia to Samoa, from Uruguay to Uganda – expressed concern at SOGIE-related abuses and called on the Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution to ensure regular reporting, constructive dialogue and sustained, systematic attention to the breadth of human rights violations on these grounds.

Now it is time to translate that call into action, and urge the UN to put in place a monitoring mechanism to ensure sustained ongoing attention to human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

An Independent Expert could monitor and document human rights violations on these grounds, prepare annual reports on issues such as root causes, engage with States from around the world to build awareness of SOGI issues, identify good practices and encourage reforms, help ensure the issues are better integrated throughout the UN system, and work to support civil society and NGOs working on these issues. In addition, we are calling for the mechanism to be explicitly mandated to address multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, to help open up conversations at the UN about a broader range of sexual rights and bodily autonomy issues, identify areas requiring increased attention, and pave the way for continued progress in these areas. Please find HERE a Q&A document with more information on what a UN Independent Expert could accomplish and why it is important.

For Background information on what a SOGI Independent Expert could achieve, see the below link
Q&A_creating a UN mechanism to address human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity
And finally to sign on the call for action see the below link and sign on !
http://arc-international.net/joint-civil-society-statement-on-establishing-a-un-independent-expert/