Amnesty International Kenya is pleased with the 5-judge bench decision (3:2) that upheld Justice Isaac Lenaola’s 2015 Hight Court decision compelling the NGO Coordination Board to register the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) – an organisation that promotes and protects lesbian, gay and bisexual people’s rights.

In a statement, Irũngũ Houghton, Amnesty International Kenya’s Executive Director says the right to freedom of association, which is closely linked to the right to freedom of expression and human dignity, is a right conferred to all persons.

“This landmark decision is a key step towards respecting, protecting and fulfilling the human rights of all Kenyans regardless of gender identity”

Before this decision, individuals and groups interested in, or working to protect the dignity of lesbian, gay and bisexual persons could not come together and formally register to champion and advocate for their rights and interests. This landmark decision progressively expands Article 27 of the constitution to include gender identity as a constitutionally protected group” added, Irũngũ Houghton

By BY Josiah Odanga

Multimedia journalist

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