Eric Gitari, the head of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in Kenya, has filed a case with the High Court challenging the county’s criminalization of homosexualitiy. The suit will be heard in October.
Under the Penal Code, “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” is punishable by 14 years in prison. “Gross indecency with another male” carries a punishment of five years. Gitari will argue that such laws violate constitutional protections to equality, dignity, and privacy.
The LGBT community faces significant challenges from the government and society in East Africa, and last year the Deputy President of Kenya William Ruto said that there was “no room” for gay people in the country. In the four years between 2010 and 2014 more than 595 people were prosecuted under Kenya’s anti-LGBT laws.