On 18 February 2014, human rights defender Ms Susan Mutindi pleaded not guilty to charges of “incitement to violence” and “obstructing police” and was released on bail of approximately €85. The human rights defender was arrested on 17 February 2014, when police officers from Nairobi's Huruma police station stormed a peaceful meeting of the Highway Self-Help Group and arrested human rights defenders Ms Sarah Ashina, Mr George Luvala, Mr Alex Kamande, Mr Francis Gachui, Mr Steven Muturi, Mr Peter Mwangi along with Susan Mutindi. Charges of “resisting arrest” are due to be brought against Sarah Ashina, whilst the remainder of the group have been released.
Ishtar-MSM through The DANIDA/SHARP Project will be exclusively running the SASA Centre clinic starting February 2014. That provides the following services;
- Voluntary counselling and testing
- Referrals to MSM friendly Care Centres
- Distribution of Lubricants and Condoms to MSM
- Safe sex workshops
- Open Forum discussions
- Peer Education and Counselling
- Outdoor activities
Ishtar is calling for 10 peer educators to mobilize young MSM, Bi-men, Male sex workers, Gay men and MSM + in Nairobi and its environs. If you are a young MSM, Bi-man, Male sex worker, Gay man, MSM + and live in Nairobi or its environs and are;
- Have basic knowledge of HIV
- Good interpersonal and communication skills
- Articulate and confident in presentation & lobbying.
- Able to work as part of a team
- Willing and able to be committed to this project
We, a collective of Kenyan citizens via the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) are concerned about the impact and illegality of the proposed Anti-homosexuality bill 2009 that is due for your ascent, since being passed by parliament on the 20th December, 2014.
We are Africans who stand in the belief that all Africans should embrace our complexities and enjoy the chance to participate fully in their socioeconomic and political spheres of life.
We applaud his Excellency President Yoweri Museveni for having recognized that violence in the form of incarceration and/or death is not the answer as intimated in his letter to Parliament, and call upon him to be steadfast in furthering his efforts on tackling discriminative approaches such as subjective studies which pave way for” abnormality” as reasons for homosexuality as evidenced in the systematic and documented reports shared by the Uganda Civil society through the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law. Reference statement released on January 21st 2014. We also urge him to focus on the diversity he alluded to in his letter to Parliament.
In solidarity with our Ugandan brothers and sisters.
The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya.