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East Africa Court of Justice (Photo courtesy of EugeneNyawara.com) East Africa Court of Justice (Photo courtesy of EugeneNyawara.com)

Lawyers seeking recognition of the human rights of LGBTI people are scheduled to learn on Sept. 27 whether the Tanzania-based East African Court will take a stand for LGBTI rights by ruling that anti-gay laws such as the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act are unacceptable throughout East Africa.

In its East African legal challenge to the Anti-Homosexuality Act, the Uganda-based Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) argues that Uganda’s passage of that anti-gay law contravened the country’s obligations as a member of the East African Community. That regional organization, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania, is founded on principles set forth in the East African Treaty, adopted one country at time from 1999 through 2007.

East African Community members (Map courtesy of WIkipedia) East African Community members (Map courtesy of WIkipedia)

The court has notified HRAPF that it will deliver its judgment on Sept. 27 at its headquarters in…

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