6th December 2011
60,000 petition Nigerian President not to sign anti-gay law 56
10:19 AM — Activists have delivered a copy of a 60,000-strong global petition addressed to the Nigerian President, urging him not to sign in new laws that target gays. At the end of last month, the Nigerian Senate voted through a bill criminalising gay relationships, with prison sentences of up to 14 years.
30th November 2011
Nigerian Senate votes to punish gay marriage with 14 years in prison 150
9:46 AM — The Nigerian Senate has voted through a bill criminalising gay marriage, with prison sentences of up to 14 years for those couples who try to enter into an unofficial union and ten years for witnesses. The law already punishes acts of homosexuality with 14 years’ imprisonment or, in regions under Shari’a law, with a sentence of death by stoning.
25th November 2011
Amnesty urges Cameroon to release men on gay sex charges 10
10:48 AM — The human rights organisation says at least ten individuals in Yaoundé and the largest city of Douala have been arrested under the country’s homophobic laws since March.
24th November 2011
3 gay men in Cameroon jailed for 5 years 28
11:25 AM — The sentences are believed to be the toughest prescribed by the country’s law. Gay rights groups in Cameroon have reacted in horror at the judgement.
Mugabe calls UK’s human rights aid policy “satanic” 101
10:25 AM — Zimbabwean President calls the idea of diverting aid away from the government unless they enshrine human rights, including gay rights, a "diabolic suggestion" and a "stupid offer".
22nd November 2011
Sentencing postponed in lesbian murder case 1
5:00 PM — Zoliswa Nkonyana,19, was stabbed and stoned to death near Cape Town during February 2006.
Minister confirms UK will redirect aid, not cut it, for human rights violations 73
12:48 PM — Andrew Mitchell says aid money will redirected away from governments who fail to recognise human rights, but will still be used to support those countries' citizens.
18th November 2011
Interview: Alice Nkom and Jonathan Cooper on the future of criminalisation 9
12:56 PM — Alice Nkom talks about defending people charged with homosexual offences, as the newly-launched Human Dignity Trust aims to help lawyers overturn those laws.
14th November 2011
Ugandan lesbian rugby player granted asylum in Germany 16
4:41 PM — Sportswoman allowed to remain in Europe after speaking of persecution experienced in notoriously homophobic country.
London campaigners to stage kiss-in over Nigeria’s anti-gay draft law 70
12:19 PM — Organisers say the protests hopes to "kiss homophobia, biphobia and transphobia goodbye" after Nigerian government considers criminal sanctions for those holding unofficial gay weddings.
10th November 2011
Killer of David Kato receives 30 year prison sentence 26
2:00 PM — Sydney 'Enock' Nsubuga was sentenced last night by the Ugandan high court.
Ugandan activist receives RFK Human Rights Award 7
10:54 AM — Frank Mugisha is the second Ugandan gay rights activist to be honoured internationally in two months.
4th November 2011
Comment: Cameron should apologise for anti-gay laws 146
3:03 PM — Peter Tatchell calls for a "gesture of contrition" from the Prime Minister to apologise for the anti-gay laws Britain imposed on foreign countries in the past.
Zambia and Zimbabwe appear to reject gay rights “pressure” on aid 47
2:37 PM — More signals emerge from African governments that they will refuse to enact gay rights in order to protect direct budget aid.
3rd November 2011
Ghana’s president will “never support” legalising homosexuality 208
10:26 AM — Government official says gay rights will destroy the "moral fibre of society" as human rights representatives urge UK leaders to ensure support is given to most vulnerable.
1st November 2011
Commonwealth nations react to “ex-colonial” British aid threat 186
10:37 AM — Countries with poorest gay rights records react warily as government plans to redirect aid and call for Commonwealth to examine citizens' fundamental rights.
24th October 2011
Zimbabwe prime minister says gay rights are ‘human rights’ 107
4:20 PM — Zimbabwe's prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai has done a U-turn on gay rights and says he now wants them protected under the new constitution. Speaking to BBC News, he said gay rights were a "human right" that should be respected by Zimbabweans.
21st October 2011
Nigeria seeks to strengthen anti-gay laws 59
4:06 PM — Lawmakers in Nigeria hope to pass a bill which strengthens laws against homosexuality. The legislation seeks to criminalise same-sex marriage. Its sponsor, Senator Domingo Obende, claimed that gay marriage is "spreading" and must be stopped.
19th October 2011
Former Botswana president calls for legalisation of homosexuality 30
4:53 PM — Festus Mogae, the former president of Botswana, has said that homosexuality should be decriminalised to help tackle HIV rates. Speaking to the BBC's Africa Network, Mr Mogae said that while he does not "understand" homosexuality, gays and lesbians should not be arrested.
18th October 2011
Commonwealth country leaders ‘to be asked to decriminalise gay sex’ 48
11:42 AM — Leaders of Commonwealth countries will be asked to decriminalise homosexuality to help to stop the spread of HIV, an Australian official has said.