Gays have rights in Kenya, Ruto told
08 May 2015, 18:56
Nairobi - Human Rights Groups have told Deputy President William Ruto that gays have rights in Kenya and that he should apologize for stating otherwise.
In a statement, the 5 rights groups stated categorically that they agreed with a recent high court ruling that allowed gays and lesbians in the country to form a human interest group.
They also criticized Ruto's statement that gays have no place in Kenya, saying that the constitution protects them.
The five, the Kenya Human Rights Commission, the National Coalition for Human
Rights Defenders, the Katiba Institute, the National Gay and Lesbian
Human Rights Commission and the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya were reacting to criticism from Ruto over their supposed intention to exist in the country.
They said that the court’s decision was a win for the Gay and Lesbian community in Kenya, arguing
that it was an issue of human rights as provided for in the
" We wish to reiterate that the Kenya
Constitution recognizes and protects the rights of all persons
regardless of their gender and sexual orientation as the court ruled," they said in a joint statement.
In its ruling, the high court stated that the Constitution of Kenya was supreme
and the state could not rely on religious texts or its views on what the
moral and religious convictions of Kenyans are to justify the
limitation or a right.
" Hence the refusal by the NGO
Registration Board to register the LGBT rights group based on religious
beliefs or moral inclinations was totally unconstitutional and
unacceptable," they added.
Ruto last week stated that Gays and Lesbians were not allowed in Kenya and that the bible as well as other religious books were against them.
He described them as immoral and their behaviour unacceptable.
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