South Africa

KENYA: Group seeks to quash parts of Penal Code outlawing gay sex

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A group seeking to quash some provisions of the Penal Code that make it illegal for consensual gay and lesbian sex will call expert witnesses to support their case. Appearing before a Bench of three judges yesterday, Senior Counsel Paul Muite said they would call a psychiatrist to explain sexual orientation and why the State should not regulate matters of intimacy. …

South Africa: Wits’ CSiW Institute’s Call for Papers – Enslavement, Conflict & Forced Marriage in Africa

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Wits’ CSiW (Conjugal Slavery in War) Institution’s Call for Papers on “Enslavement, Conflict and Forced Marriage in Africa: Research Methods, Research Ethics, and the Political Economy of Knowledge Production” taking place at the University of Witwatersrand, 25-28 June 2018. We encourage PhD students, early career scholars, and other practitioners (esp. based in Africa) to apply.

This is the second Institute sponsored by the Conjugal Slavery in War research Partnership, which includes community-based and university partners. We look forward to a rich and diverse set of exchanges on the politics, methods and ethics of research in this area. If you have any questions, please email

The English call for proposals: CSIW jozi institute pitch final

The French: CSIW jozi institute pitch final_FR

Outrage at African Court ruling on case brought by the Coalition of African Lesbians

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We stand with CAL Secretariat in outrage at the African Court’s ruling yesterday. “The decision of the African Court effectively bars most civil society organisations and human rights defenders from seeking redress and justice from the most important court on the continent tasked with defending human rights.”