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Vulnerable Groups LGBTQ+

Trials of LGBTQ+ People

We are researching the situation of LGBTQ persons in a number of other jurisdictions with a view to identifying trials for potential monitoring, for instance, collaborating with Cleary Gottlieb on research regarding LGBTQ persons in the Caribbean. We are also monitoring cases such as: 

  • The trial in Uganda of 67 individuals arrested at an LGBTQ-friendly bar and charged with public nuisance. See full Fairness Report here.
  • The trial in Nigeria of 57 men arrested in a raid on a hotel and charged with same-sex public displays of affection. See CFJ statement on the striking of the charges against the menSee full Fairness Report here.
  • Proceedings in Malawi against Gift Trapence and Reverend MacDonald Sembereka, who have been charged with, among other things, forgery of official documents for an LGBTI and sex workers workshop.
  • The trial in Uganda of Mohammed Mutumba and Swabullah Nabukeera on charges of “carnal knowledge with a person against the order of nature.”
  • The trial in Russia of artist and activist Yulia Tsvetkova, who is facing pornography charges for posting artistic images of female genitalia in what she has said is an effort to combat the objectification of women’s bodies. The indictment in her case also raises concerns that the charges may have been brought because the images are not heteronormative; the indictment refers for instance to the role the images could play in creating “a stereotype of female sexuality as an isolated phenomenon that exists outside of sexual relations with men.”  See CFJ statement calling for respect for her right to a public trial here.