African groups call for the African Union to urgently respond to gender and sexuality rights violations in Africa, and particularly to anti-gay laws

President MuseveniAs African civil society organisations whose members live and work to improve the lives of all Africans, we condemn in the strongest terms, the disturbing increase in sexuality and gender-related rights violations and abuses, especially those aimed at women and gender non-conforming people, and people in same sex relations including lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identifying African people.

Specifically, we condemn the signing of the Nigerian Same-Sex Marriage [Prohibition] Act and the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act, both of which were passed into law this year by Presidents Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, respectively. We also strongly condemn the Anti-Pornography Law, which was passed in Uganda last year.

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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to lead the African Union

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma speaks during a press conference after the opening of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa (AFP, Simon Maina)ADDIS ABABA–South Africa’s home affairs minister was elected Sunday to lead the African Union, capping a months-long campaign that aimed to expand the government’s diplomatic role on the continent but risked sowing divisions among other African countries.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, an experienced diplomat and President Jacob Zuma’s former wife, was chosen Sunday by the pan-African bloc’s 54 member countries to serve a four-year term as chairwoman of the African Union’s commission, its executive arm.

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AU extends mandate for Jean Ping Until next Election

Dlamini-ZumaThe African Union on Tuesday extended the mandate of its top official Jean Ping after an election, in which he was challenged by South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, deadlocked. “We have decided to prolong the mandate of the current commission until the next summit in Lilongwe Malawi” in June, bloc chairman, Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi, said at the end of a two-day summit in Addis Ababa.

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