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Kenyans are Disappointed by the Postponement of the Ruling on the Decriminalization of Homosexuality

Today ought to have been a landmark ruling for the Kenyan LGBT community.

Kenyans were all eagerly anticipating the repealing of section 162 of Kenya's Penal Code which criminalizes homosexuality. However, the ruling has been postponed by the courts. Many Kenyans feel that the postponement only serves to highlight how unimportant the rights of the LGBT community are in the country.


Petitions 150 and 234 were brought before the Kenyan High Court last year and called for the repeal of section 162 and 165 which violate the constitutional rights to privacy, freedom of expression, the right to human dignity and freedom from discrimination. The ruling of these joint petitions, is what has been postponed.

Justice Chacha Mwita says the postponement is primarily due to having to go through volumes of documents which were presented to them manually. The court has asked that the ruling be delivered instead on the 24 of May.

Activists, Christian and Muslim organizations alike, the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK), the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) and Nyanza Rift Valley and Western Kenya Network (NYARWEK) are all in support of the petitions.

Kenyan poet and activist Shailja Patel, South African sexual reproductive rights advocate Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng and Kenyan feminist Brenda Wambui are just some of the figures supporting the #repeal162 movement. Kenya is one of numerous African countries where homosexuality is still criminal.

This is what proponents of #repeal162 had to say on social media:







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Former South African President Infuriates South Africans With Comments on Apartheid

Former President F.W. de Klerk claims that 'Apartheid was not a crime against humanity'.

Former South African president F.W. de Klerk has stirred controversy after he made claims that "Apartheid was not a crime against humanity".

The former statesman made the comments during a number of interviews held amid events last week which were commemorating the 30th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison.

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Ethiopians React to Passing of Controversial ‘Hate Speech’ Law

Many are concerned that the new law is the government's attempt to suppress freedom of speech instead.

Yesterday, the Ethiopian government passed a law which will punish what it deems to be "hate speech" and "disinformation" with large fines and serious jail time, according to Aljazeera. The new law comes just before elections are set to take place this year in Ethiopia.

At least 300 members of parliament voted in favor of the new law which several civil rights groups have warned will undermine free speech in the East African country.

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Stormzy performs during The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage) via Getty Images.

Watch Stormzy's Powerful BRIT Awards Performance Featuring Burna Boy

The night saw the British-Ghanaian star run through a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head.

The BRIT Awards 2020, which went down earlier this week, saw the likes of Stormzy take home the Best Male trophy home and Dave win Best Album.

The night also saw Stormzy deliver a stunning performance that featured a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head. The British-Ghanaian star started things out slow with "Don't Forget to Breathe," before popping things off with "Do Better" then turning up the heat with "Wiley Flow."

Stormzy nodded to J Hus, playing a short bit of "Fortune Teller," before being joined onstage by Nigeria's Burna Boy to perform their hit "Own It." Burna Boy got his own moment and performed an energetic rendition of his African Giant favorite "Anybody."

The night was closed off with a powerful message that read: "A lot of time they tell us 'Black people, we too loud.' Know what I'm sayin'? We need to turn it down a little bit. We seem too arrogant. We a little too much for them to handle. Black is beautiful man." The message flashed on a black screen before a moving performance of "Rainfall" backed by his posse.

Watch the full performance below.

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The ornate gilded copper headgear, which features images of Jesus Christ and the Twelve Apostles, was unearthed after refugee-turned-Dutch-citizen Sirak Asfaw contacted Dutch 'art detective' Arthur Brand. (Photo by Jan HENNOP/AFP) (Photo by JAN HENNOP/AFP via Getty Images)

A Stolen 18th Century Ethiopian Crown Has Been Returned from The Netherlands

The crown had been hidden in a Dutch apartment for 20 years.

In one of the latest developments around art repatriation, a stolen 18th century Ethiopian crown that was discovered decades ago in the Netherlands, has been sent back home.

Sirak Asfaw, an Ethiopian who fled to The Netherlands in the '70s, first found the relic in the suitcase of a visitor in 1998, reports BBC Africa. He reportedly protected the item for two decades, before informing Dutch "art crime investigator" Arthur Brand and authorities about his discovery last year.

The crown is one of only 20 in existence and features intricate Biblical depictions of Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit. Historians believe it was given to the church by the warlord Welde Sellase several centuries ago.

Read: Bringing African Artifacts Home

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