28th December 2011
Muslim leader in Ghana offers anti-gay Christmas message 75
10:32 AM — The National Chief Immam of Ghana issued a Christmas message this year which praised the efforts of Christians and members of other religions for their efforts to denounce homosexuality. GhanaWeb reports that Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu issued the message to wish Christians well during their festivities.
22nd December 2011
Nigerian health minister says bisexuals “pose a challenge” to HIV efforts 15
12:14 PM — Nigeria's health minister has warned that bisexual men pose a "challenge" to efforts to tackle the spread of HIV in the country, as the prevalence of HIV among gay and bisexual men in the country was found to have risen. Onyebuchi Chukwu, launching the 2010 Integrated Biological and Behavioural Surveillance in Abuja, said that HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men has risen to 17.2%, up from 13.5% in 2007.
21st December 2011
Zimbabwe MP arrested for claiming Robert Mugabe “practised homosexuality” 63
10:28 AM — A female member of parliament in Zimbabwe has been arrested after claiming the president, Robert Mugabe, had a sexual relationship with former president Canaan Banana.
14th December 2011
Ghana’s education ministry “optimistic” it can stop homosexuality 96
9:45 AM — A spokesman for Ghana's Education Ministry has told the Accra Mail he is confident a programme in which teachers warn students of the "adverse consequences" of being gay will make it "a thing of the past".
13th December 2011
Newly-crowned Mr Gay Namibia was “mugged for prize money” 17
1:47 PM — The holder of the Mr Gay Namibia title says he was mugged outside his home in the African state by attackers demanding the prize money he had won. The assailants escaped with N$200, about £15.
8th December 2011
Malawi says it will review anti-gay laws in light of “public opinion” 35
4:41 PM — The Malawian Justice Minister has included the country's anti-gay laws in a list of legislation he wants reviewed, saying the rules may not reflect "public opinion".
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.