n African Human Rights Law Journal - Editorial

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



This issue of the appears at a time of controversy about the rights to equality on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). In 2014, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (African Commission) adopted a resolution urging African Union (AU) member states to curb violence - both by state and non-state actors - on the basis of actual or perceived SOGI, and called on states to ensure the effective investigation of crimes and punishment of perpetrators (Resolution 275 on Protection against violence and other human rights violations against persons on the basis of their real or imputed sexual orientation or gender identity). In April 2015, the African Commission, reversing a previous decision, granted observer status to the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), a non-governmental organisation.

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