Almost five months after the anti homosexuality bill was tabled before the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) organisations and activists say they have not had the opportunity to mobilize or even undertake any action to opposethe bill due the lack of funding to support the activities.
Jean Bedel Kaniki of Hirondelles Bukavu, an LGBTI organisation in DRC organisations had solely depended on financial support promised by and international funder, which they did not get.
“We have planned many actions with human rights and civil society organisation. Unfortunately we never received the fund and we have not heard from them and as a result we could not undertake any action. It is my deepest regret that we missed this opportunity to campaign against the proposed bill and raise awareness on LGBT issues”, Kaniki said.
The bill, comprising of seven articles, was presented before the National Assembly in October 2010 and was sent to the National Assembly’s committee on society and culture – the socio-cultural committee – that will discuss the permissibility of its provisions and the principles of the constitution before its promulgation.
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