Transnaitonal Justice and the Inclusion of LGBTQIA+ Rights

  • Citation: Mbawana, Thokozani. “Policy Brief: Transitional Justice and the Inclusion of LGBTQIA+ Rights.” Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, 2020.
    • Topics:
    • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
    • Keywords:
    • African Union Transitional Justice Policy
    • LGBTQIA+ community
    • institutional reform
    • truth commissions
    • reparations
    • reconciliation
    • LGBTQ+

Over the last few years, there has been an increased visibility of the state of the lives of the LGBTQIA+ population throughout Africa. What has been uncovered is that LGBTQIA+ lives have been plagued by severe violence during conflict and post-conflict phases, and for the most part these experiences have gone unspoken and undocumented. As LGBTQIA+ rights organisations gain momentum in their fight for recognition, equality and safety on the continent, it begs the question: How do we include LGBTQIA+ rights in transitional justice? This policy brief explores the challenges and opportunities of the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ rights in transitional justice processes using three country case studies: South Africa, Kenya and Uganda. In order to address this gap in policy and practice, we first need to have a clear understanding of the meaning of gender and sexual orientation and why these constructs are so closely linked to conflict and violence.

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