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Amnesty International calls on Namibia to ensure safety of LGBTQ persons ahead of landmark High Court decision

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Amnesty Worldwide called on the Authorities of Namibia to make sure the protection of LGBTQ individuals Wednesday forward of a serious determination by the nation’s Excessive Court docket. The Excessive Court docket is predicted to make a verdict on June 21 in a case involving sodomy and unnatural offenses legal guidelines relationship again to the colonial era that criminalize same-sex conduct.

LGBTQ activist Friedel Dausab, who advocate Gilbert Markus is representing, filed the case, Dausab v Minister of Justice and Others, in June 2022. The courtroom heard closing arguments in October of final yr.

This landmark determination will come a yr after the Supreme Court docket of Namibia in Could 2023 determined to recognize international same-sex marriages, however Amnesty noticed a rise in homophobic incidents because the determination. In June 2023, Namibia’s parliament handed laws limiting the fitting to marriage equality for LGBTQ folks, defining marriage as a union between a person and a lady. The laws has met opposition from LGBTQ activists who’ve referred to as on the president to veto it.

Amnesty urged authorities to guard LGBTQ individuals from harassment, violence, or discrimination based mostly on sexual orientation or gender id after the group reported a rise within the rhetoric threatening LGBTQ individuals. A few of the harassment consists of violent cyber-attacks and on-line harassment. In response to Amnesty, the surge within the anti-LGBTQ epithets has been primarily pushed by religion and non secular leaders.

Because the nation awaits the excessive courtroom’s ruling, Amnesty has additionally careworn the need to forestall human rights violations in opposition to LGBTQ individuals amid rising tensions. Khanyo Farise, Amnesty Worldwide’s Deputy Regional Director for East and Southern Africa emphasised that:

Regardless of the consequence of the Excessive Court docket determination on 21 June, violence and discrimination in opposition to LGBTI folks has no place in Namibian society. Authorities ought to take decisive motion to forestall human rights violations in opposition to LGBTI individuals and maintain perpetrators accountable.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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