The Kenyan National Human Rights committee (KNHRC) published a report in which it calls on the government to end the criminalization of homosexuality and with it, denounce the discrimination of lesbian women and homosexual men.
Gay acts are illegal in Kenya at the moment and could be punished with up to 14 years of imprisonment.
The KNHRC was installed by the Kenyan government with the assignment to monitor the human rights’ situation in Kenya and advise the government with or without having been consulted.
‘We have to focus more on the position of sexual minorities, because their numbers are going up and because they are part of our society,’ says committee member Winfred Lichuma.
The advice is in line with the remarks by Chief Justice Doctor Willy Munyoki Mutunga made in September last year, right after his installation. He said at the time: ‘Gay rights are human rights. As far as I know the principles of human rights are universal and we are not to select as to who it does apply to. We as the East African human rights movement have to be clear about that.’