LGBT Rights in Kenya: Gitari v. NGO Co-ordination Board and the Attorney General
Please join us for a special talk on the case of Gitari v. NGO Co-ordination Board and the Attorney General of Kenya, also known as Petition 444 of 2013 or the refused registration of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Kenya.
Featuring Eric Gitari, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Kenya
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
UCLA Law – Room 1314
Lunch Provided. Please RSVP to attend.
ABSTRACT: This talk will show how the case of Gitari v. NGO Co-ordination Board and the Attorney General of Kenya will set an important precedent which will have significant consequences on the constitutional aspirations of the Kenyan people as set out in the Preamble of the Constitution of Kenya, “the aspiration of all Kenyans for a government based on the essential values of human rights, equality, freedom, democracy, social justice and the rule of law.” The talk will also show how this case will decide the scope of the ability of Kenya’s citizens to associate, a right that is universally accepted as fundamental to any democratic society and will conclude by highlighting how this case reflects upon the right and place of Kenyan LGBTI citizens in the full implementation of their Constitution in its letter as well as spirit. This case is also a yard stick to measure Kenya’s commitment to its international obligations especially the duty to observe, respect, protect, promote and fulfil rights and freedoms.
Eric Gitari is the Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Kenya (NGLHRC). He has previously worked with Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) as an associate in charge of the LGBTI Program, with the Center for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) as an associate in charge of Gender Based Persecution program and with HIAS Africa as a manager in charge of LGBTI Refugees protection and resettlement. He loves writing poetry, carpentry, cycling and hitch hiking.