Pretoria, South Africa

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, will host a one-week intensive short course on sexual minority rights intended for government officials, members of civil society, academics, and legal practitioners from around Africa. The course is not primarily for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons or activists, but for ‘mainstream’ non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and others who may need information, awareness raising, and capacity on issues involved.
The programme may contain the following elements:

  • conceptual clarification of the terms'gay','lesbian','bisexual','transgender' and 'intersex'(the origin of these and other related terms and their influence);
  • bio-medical data on homosexuality, and its interpretation;
  • HIV and the emergence of 'men-who-have-sex-with-men' (MSM), MSM and the LGBTI movement, risk of HIV infection to lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered and intersex persons;
  • African tradition/culture and homosexuality (the 'unAfrican' debate, anthropological perspectives on homosexuality in traditional Africa);
  • the approach to homosexuality of the major religious traditions (Christianity, Islam);
  • Public opinion on sexual minority rights: media, popular culture, and literature in Africa and sexual minority rights;
  • a typology of human rights violations of sexual minorities in African states (attempts to address them ; reasons for violations);
  • criminal law and LGBTI persons (sodomy laws, and the application of criminal law);
  • sexual minority rights under international law;
  • domestic legal provisions affecting LGBTI persons in African states (eg. criminalisation of same-sex relations);
  • strategies and best practices of litigation to vindicate the rights of sexual minorities (the role of civil society organs, media etc.);
  • current case law development in African states (Uganda, Kenya, and Malawi);
  • European Union / Council of Europe and LGBTI Rights; and
  • Other international law and sexual minorities

Click here for more information about the course.
Registration information: The course invites managers and staff of ‘mainstream’ African NGOs, postgraduate students researching in this area, government officials, and legal practitioners to apply. Applications are invited from all around the world. According to the organisers, the course will, however, have a particular African focus. Candidates from Africa are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. The course fee is ZAR 3 000.00 (US$ 450). This fee covers tuition, course materials, teas, and lunch for the duration of the course. The fee excludes transport and accommodation costs.
Click here to register online.