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LGBTQ+ rights: African Union watchdog goes back on its own word

LGBTQ+ rights: African Union watchdog goes back on its own word

THE primary human rights watchdog in Africa recently made a decision that departed from its existing practice. The African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights, an independent expert body within the African Union (AU) framework, used sexual or gender identity as the reason it rejected applications for observer status from three non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Author FRANS VILJOEN, Director and Professor of International Human Rights Law, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria The commission said that “sexual orientation” was not an “expressly recognised right” in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. It also said that protecting and promoting…
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