Monday, September 28, 2015

Group Condemns Attacks on LGBT, Wants Police To Prosecute Offenders(Report)

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 Homophobic mobs have repeatedly attacked lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Kenya but police are unwilling to even attempt to bring the perpetrators to justice, rights groups said this morning.

Homosexuality is taboo in almost all African countries. Violence against LGBT people is common in the east African nation, but victims fear reporting hate crimes to the police who, in turn, often refuse to pursue their cases is beginning to be of no use, but the right groups now want the police to take such cases seriously.

There have been at least six incidents since 2008 of mob violence against LGBT minorities on the coast, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and PEMA Kenya, a community organisation in the coastal city of Mombasa, said in a report.

The groups are also accusing religious leaders of often been at the forefront of inciting violence against LGBT people.

To them, the police rescue LGBT people in most of the incidents but they do not arrest anyone for the attacks, which is not fair to them.

Documented several cases where the police humiliated, dismissed or refused to take statements from LGBT people who tried to report crimes, such as gang rape and others are also available according to them. They now want the government to do more to prevent and respond to violence against LGBT people.

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