Tag Archive | Africa

Tanzania: US concerned by rising attacks on human rights, incl. LGBT+ rights

Tanzania: US concerned by rising attacks on human rights, incl. LGBT+ rights

(Reuters) – The United States has spoken out against Tanzanian moves to cut back human rights and civil liberties, including arrests and harassment of ‘marginalised’ people such as homosexuals. President John Magufuli’s government has been criticised by opposition politicians and international rights groups, for what they say is growing authoritarianism and intolerance of dissent. The […]

Zanzibar: Men suspected of ‘being gay’ released on bail

Zanzibar: Men suspected of ‘being gay’ released on bail

Ten men arrested on suspicion of being gay in Zanzibar were released on bail on Thursday, said a senior police official, and their lawyer, adding that the incident was still being investigated, and the men could be charged in the future. The men were arrested late on Saturday, when police raided a party at a […]

EU reviews relations with Tanzania over homosexuality crackdown

EU reviews relations with Tanzania over homosexuality crackdown

(Reuters) – The European Union has recalled its envoy in Tanzania and will review its relations with the country in response to a planned crackdown homosexuals. Brussels also criticised what it saw as growing human rights violations in Tanzania. “The EU regrets the deterioration of the human rights and rule of law situation in Tanzania […]

Prince Harry & Elton John launch HIV campaign targeting men

Prince Harry & Elton John launch HIV campaign targeting men

(Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry joined pop star Elton John on Tuesday to launch a campaign to raise HIV awareness among men, warning that “dangerous complacency” about the virus threatened the quest to wipe it out. The billion-dollar project, MenStar, will target men living with or at risk of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, which has […]

Africa: Conference – ‘Empowering LGBTI Youth’

Africa: Conference – ‘Empowering LGBTI Youth’

Empowering LGBTI Youth: Uniting for an Inclusive Future was the theme of the 4th Regional Conference of Pan Africa PAI, the federation of African LGBTI organisations. Over two days, more than 250 LGBTI activists and supporters from over 30 African countries met in Botswana. Opened by UN independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, […]

Africa: New vaccine in HIV trials

Africa: New vaccine in HIV trials

Researchers announced the launch of two big studies in Africa on Thursday to test a new HIV vaccine and a long-acting injectable drug, fuelling hopes for better ways to protect against the virus that causes AIDS. The start of the three-year vaccine trial involving 2,600 women in southern Africa means that for the first time […]

Africa to get state-of-art HIV drugs for $75 a year

Africa to get state-of-art HIV drugs for $75 a year

(Reuters) Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will guarantee minimum sales volumes of the new combination pills using dolutegravir Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi- million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient […]