Mozambique: Gay Mozambicans Demand Recognition

Published: November 3, 2014

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Maputo — Lambda, the sole Mozambican association defending the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) people, has protested publicly against the illegal refusal by the Justice Ministry to register it as a bona fide association.

On Monday Lambda took out a full page advertisement in the Maputo daily paper “Noticias” protesting at the discrimination it has suffered.

Lambda first submitted its application for legal recognition as an association almost seven years ago, in January 2008. Since it received no reply, it submitted an appeal in August of that year. There was still no reply.

In March 2009, Lambda altered its statutes and resubmitted its application. Once again there was no reply.

The following year Mozambique’s human rights record came up before the Universal Periodic Review mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council, and Lambda submitted its case to the UN. In February 2011, the UN panel recommended that Mozambique should register “the organisations which work on questions of sexual orientation and gender identity”. But still the Ministry remained mute.

In February 2013, Lambda submitted a complaint to the ombudsman, Jose Abudo. He too did not bother to reply. In June 2013, Lambda submitted a protest to the petitions commission of the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic.

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