Kenyan Supreme Court now in favour of LGBTQ groups despite hypocrisy of contradicting previous ruling
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By Haris Khawaja and Michal Okonski
The Kenyan Supreme Court has ruled that it regrets its 2013 ruling to stop the formation of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC).
The LGBTQ community in Kenya has been fighting for the creation of a government group focusing on tackling these oppressive laws, but the formation was blocked in 2013.
Kenya’s laws state that homosexuality or knowledge of another person’s homosexual acts is illegal, with punishment of up to 14 years of imprisonment. These laws were created by British colonialists before the country’s independence in 1963.
The decision was again blocked in 2019 by the High Court, stating that ‘it is against the order of nature’.