Persecution of Homosexuals (Kenya)

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Council of Imams oppose using taxpayers money to count gay people in the country, as this would amount to recognising their existence; "gayness is contrary to the constitution order"

The government should not use taxpayers money to count gay people in the country as this amounts to recognising their existence, says the Council of Imams and preachers of Kenya.

Nominated MP Mohamed Dor said the plan to spend Sh40 million was wrong and as gayness is contrary to the constitution order.

The CIPK secretary general criticised non-governmental organisations using the HIV/Aids pandemic to propagate the gay issue in the country.
Imams reject use of taxes to count gays
Daily Nation, November 1, 2009

Shaykh blames drought on homosexuals, and clerics call on the government to allow them to apply Shariah laws to deal with rising cases of homosexuality. "Death is the only punishment prescribed by Islam for such people"

A section of Muslim clerics on Monday called on the government to allow them apply Shariah laws to deal with rising cases of homosexuality.

If allowed, Shariah laws would enable the clerics to punish offenders as stipulated by the Quran, said Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya organising secretary Sheikh Mohammed Khalifa.

Sheikh Khalifa also urged Christians and Muslims to shun religious leaders who abetted homosexuality.

“We are asking Kenyans to shun businesses owned by such people and further show them open discrimination as a way of stopping the beastly act.

“They grossly abuse rights of others and should not be accepted among the society,” he said.

He said a madrassa teacher from Pakistan at Mlango wa Papa mosque recently charged with sexually abusing boys had been banned from leading any religious functions.

“Death is the only punishment prescribed by Islam for such people as done in China and Iran.

“We urge our government to consider allowing us to use such methods to deal with the dehumanising acts,” Sheikh Khalifa told reporters on the sidelines of an anti-homosexuality workshop.

He said if the government was not ready to allow them use Shariah to deal with culprits, then it should consider introducing death and life sentences for the offenders.

The workshop attended by more than 150 madrassa teachers at Madrasatul Munawarra Al-Islamiyya in Majengo estate, Mombasa, was called to address rising cases of boys being sexually abused in Coast Province.

The clerics are also demanding a crackdown on institutions that spearhead the rights of gays and lesbians in the country.

Several speakers urged madrassa teachers to uphold integrity and exercise high moral values as expected of them by the society.

“A true madrassa teacher is one who respects his status and upholds the human rights of his students.

“You are key people expected to impart decency and knowledge and not ones who abuse their authority,” Sheikh Mohammed Aboud told the participants.

Kisauni Islamic College principal Sheikh Majid Obeid blamed the drought in the country on illicit activities by some Kenyans.

“The rising cost of living and drought are due to the behaviour of these Kenyans who are not ready to change,” said Sheikh Obeid.
Clerics seek harsher laws for gays
Galgalo Bocha, Daily Nation, June 13, 2011

Gay, lesbian and HIV-infected Somali refugees face violent persecution for "the most infamous crime" should they return home, would prefer to spend life in a Kenyan jail over returning to Somalia and face stoning

Gay, lesbian and HIV-infected refugees from Somalia are facing persecution - and even the threat of death - should they return home.

Refugees have been under pressure to leave accommodations in Kenya, where many also face racist discrimination, after claims the country is now significantly safer than when Al-Shabaab had control of Mogadishu.

But many gay Somalis say returning is not an option for them.

"Warlords have made Somalia a death chamber for gays and lesbians," said Jamal, a Somali journalist. "It is against international law to force such groups back to Somalia, given the risks."

'It will be a massacre'

Top UN officials, among them Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, have claimed, however, that the country is safe and requires its citizens to help with the reconstruction process.

But for some refugees, the reality of going back home - whether by force or voluntarily - rests somewhere between a rock and hard place.

"I have no doubt all gays, lesbians, HIV/AIDS positive people and other minorities will be killed. It will be a massacre," claimed Said Elmi, a 25-year-old taxi driver, who is fluent in kiSwahili, Kenya's national language.

"I fled Bossaso [in northern Somalia] ten years ago, when a friend informed me and my partner that we were set to be arrested and prosecuted for imitating women and committing indecent acts," revealed Elmi, who told us that his sexual orientation was, "not a secret".

Cases such as Elmi's are not isolated, but realities facing hundreds of refugees, doubly marginalised.

Another of Elmi's friends, who works as a male sex worker in Nairobi's Parklands area, said he would prefer to spend the rest of his life in a Kenyan jail than return to Somalia, and the possible "death by stoning" that awaits him there.

The risk of return

Aid workers and civil rights group privately and publicly say the level of risks, threats and hostility towards gays and lesbians has further complicated and worsened the plight of civilians in Somalia's war-torn landscapes, as well as for refugees in Kenya and their families back home.

Abdinoor Farah, a Somali refugee who has lived in Kenya for more than ten years, says armed gangs, including al-Shabaab, have publicised their intent to "enforce harsh punishments" against perpetrators of adultery and homosexuality as a means of attracting funding from religious groups and sects.

"A careful analysis of past prosecution cases has never been conducted fairly. It has been in total disregard of Sharia law," claimed the elderly Farah, formerly a teacher in Somalia. "In fact, they [the prosecutions] have been criminal and sinful acts."

Farah's colleague told the story of his son, executed in public by al-Shabaab for "acts of sodomy".

"My son was killed simply because he declined to join al-Shabaab," he said. "Nobody ever raised the matter [of his sexuality]... or complained. He was picked up from my house [and] taken into custody."

He went on to explain that he was summoned to watch the death sentence be carried out. "I did not attend. But all my neighbours witnessed his execution, carried out in an open space."
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'The most infamous crime'

A cross section of Somalis and aid workers interviewed for this article said homosexuality has been widely practiced for centuries in Somalia. Despite this, armed gangs in the ascendency since the rise of former dictator Siad Barre have declared the orientation "the most infamous crime"...