Court Rules That Kenyan Government Can't Block Gay Rights Groups

Kenya's High Court has ruled that the government can no longer block LGBT groups from formally registering their organisations. A pro-gay group in the country, the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, has fought a long-running legal battle after being blocked from registering as an NGO – leaving them without a number of legal protections. However, the High Court set a ground-breaking precedent in a ruling today, which found that the groups should be permitted – and that popular morality and religion should not be basis for limiting rights in Kenya.

Eric Gitari, pictured, of NGLHRC said: "This judgement from the constitutional court is ground breaking; it marks a historic momentum towards the inclusion of sexual and gender minorities into the Kenyan democratic space." Téa Braun, Legal Director of the Human Dignity Trust, said: "This is a decisive victory for human rights and the rule of law. Freedom of association is a basic right we all share and to deny some people the right to organise, advocate and discuss issues of common concern simply because they are gay or lesbian is an affront to their dignity."

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