It is a win on for PEMA Kenya on the Kwale Case!
Following a groundbreaking success on the petition against forced anal examinations on March this year, the Kwale case has had positive outcomes concerning two men who were arrested in 2015 and charged with possession of pornographic materials and homosexuality. The case has been on since then with PEMA KENYA getting a lawyer for the two gay men. For those who are not aware, this is the case that resulted to forced anal examinations case in Mombasa law court by National Gay and Lesbians Human Rights of Kenya led by Eric Gitari. The Kenya’s Court of Appeal ruled against dehumanizing and unlawful forced anal exams, marking a significant step towards ensuring that all Kenyans, regardless of sexuality or gender identity, are protected by the country’s constitution.
On the 10 June 2018, the prosecutor made an application to withdraw the 2 remaining charges against the accused person i.e. indecent act between adults contrary to section 11A of the sexual offences and trafficking in obscene publication contrary to section 181 (1) (a) of the penal code. The application was granted, and the accused person consequently discharged under section 87 A of the Penal Code.
PEMA Kenya would also want to thank UHAI & GALCK amongst all the other partners for the support shown.
For more information, contact:
Executive Director, PEMA Kenya.
Published: July 20, 2018