Kenya High Court delays ruling on gay sex ban to May 24
Citing high volume of paperwork submitted

Kenya’s High Court announced a decision to delay a ruling on striking down a colonial-era law banning gay sex until May 24. The ruling was expected on February 22, but the court said that extra time was needed because of that large volume of paperwork submitted.

534 people were arrested in Kenya between 2013 and 2017 for same-sex relationships, which can carry a jail sentence of up to 14 years. If the court decides in favor of striking the law, the victory could have a ripple effect across east Africa.

Mercy Njueh, communications assistant at the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission told PinkNews: “What we’re fighting for is not just about gender and sexual minorities. It’s about human rights. We are pushing for Kenyans, who are recognised by the constitution, to be allowed to enjoy their human rights, without having to fear.”

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