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language courses. or. anytime anywhere. w. . this is g.w. news africa coming up in the next 15 minutes it's not ok to be game kenya's high cost of blow for kenya l g b t acts of assess 3 judges rejects a bid to strike down goals which criminalize homosexuality saying the band does not contravene basic rights in the kenyan constitution. and eritrea mobs 28 years since gaining independence from neighboring ethiopia will need some yet to retrain its who fear what they say is
a brutal dictatorship. i'm christine wonderwall come to the news africa i'm glad you choose indian kenya's high court has unanimously refused to strike down laws which criminalize gay 6 in a packed courtroom the 3 justices justify their decision say the petition has had failed to prove that the provisions are discriminatory now kenyan l g b t activist brought the case all doing that the kenyan constitution forbids discrimination directed at all in directly against any person on any ground law dates back to the british colonial era and makes homosexual acts punishable with up to 14 inches in prison now one of those the petition is is l g b t activists.
she joins me now from nairobi welcome to day w f rococo we are you a presence in that courtroom just your reaction to the decision today. ok hello christine. i'll creative's disappointed about the decision that was made today in the courtroom. the hearing we're having was about basically security as well g p t q you know community and in our society. we live under constant threat if not actual violence of owens and there are court ruling if it went our way would have been able to give us some sense of security in that it would have invalidated attacks on our part. carried out in the belief that we are somehow wrong and. contrary to the law of man and of nature. so the fact that you didn't go our way was incredibly disappointing incredibly
discouraging and. something i really didn't hope to see right. away or what does this mean for the l.g.b. see community in kenya and perhaps address the issue of homophobia in the country. it's not just something that needs to be tackled from a legal perspective is it but in broad society how reflective is this judgment of what kenyan society thinks about the l.g. b.c. community. well what it means for the l g b t community is that we have to keep fighting we have to keep going and. we have to keep paying our space and showing people are the money to so that they understand that we are just like they are that we are equal in our humanity we are the same and we're no real threats to them just by being who we are. when it comes to cancer 30 days a certain sense of homophobia like i said it's a very practical community so. this idea of queerness of being other of being
different. elicits your notice and in many in many situations you are threatened because they do try to. it's not something that's normal so it's a threat they feel like they feel threatened by our presence because it's so foreign to them and so that's that's a threat that we receive from society in that they try to control us in that sense . ok that's. the activist we did in nairobi thank you thank you. eritrea is celebrating 28 years off nationhood today the east african country gained its independence off to a 30 year long war with forces from neighboring ethiopia and that ended in 1901 but
the 2 sides only signed a peace deal last year peace all too often eritrea the chance to rebuild but human rights watch says the record remains one of the worst in the world. now eritrea is a one party state and it's only had one president who's ruled the country since independence in 1903 is say as of wiki is a form of freedom fighter he presents himself as a modest man but stands accused of severe human rights violations his country has never held elections has no constitution no official budget and 0 chris wheaton's eritrea is also one of the world's poorest countries and every citizen is compelled to do a form of national service for a minimum wage and sometimes for you is. the best and a brutal government all the reasons that a 5th of all eritrean citizens live abroad that means the small country of 5000000
makes one of africa's biggest migrant group in the world community in berlin. 6 o'clock in the morning and little head is on his way to the christian orthodox eritrean service at prince philip was church. a place of serenity and they remind us of home for the 29 year old refugee who hasn't been in his birth country for more than 9 years. in mind of how much. back home when i was young my father always took me and my family to church here i get to meet all my eritrean friends. after a hard week at work i come here at the weekend and that does me good. spin here want this. is one of $60000.00 eritreans living in germany many of them fled a brutal military dictatorship back home in churches like these are crucial meeting points about half of the area trains abroad are christian the service is over new
helps tidy up then heads home to a refugee center which is about 2 hours away by bus. on the way together with his friend he tells us his escape story. first of all from eritrea to ethiopia. from that you sit down. and sit down to egypt. you get from egypt to israel. about from israel to rwanda from rwanda to uganda after uganda juba in south sudan from sudan to libya from libya to italy and then to germany. germany ministry of health way around the world wasn't something he wanted. i had no choice because every tray is ruled by a brutal dictator and that's my escape cost me years of my life because i couldn't go to school last study. and brutality was even waiting after
date escape from eritrea. yeah. yeah. they. and they would do this eritrea's frequent internet bans mean milou instead he said i often can't even get in touch with their families back home to check up on how things are going. the ones that insist in the well that's why they want to. use the internet and they want to know the people in this room is the issue is true for much money i call my family on the phone now and again. but i don't talk about politics all types of them. has little faith that there will be a regime change in eritrea any time soon he hopes that germany will not close the
door on him. for more insight on the country often shrouded in mystery eritrean. miska joins me now and i thank you so much for having me we're talking about eritrea celebrating 28 years of independence what does the country have to show for it. well you know 28 years has been it's was a very. concentrated period of. you know there is fans paid a lot of sacrifice to get to this where they are and during the 28 years air tran's tried to rebuild the country. and the consequence has been that people went back because there's there was a kind of a vision it wasn't a country but it was a vision which people were fighting for and apparently. the.
in 1908. brought in new conflicts into the neighboring regions and a but also divided society between those who were you know like very patriotic and others who were looking for more peaceful. period and was economic prosperity so and this this conflict has been. one of the major issues in their turn society towards new prosperity ok so that their relationship with with with neighboring ethiopia that we since had a new prime minister. made who's extended a warm hand to eritrea how has that changed the dynamics. changed a lot because the conflict between ethiopia and eritrea was not solved for many reasons because. the people of he'll try utopian nor the world community knew
exactly the reasons of the conflict it was each person and food was a broader conflict whatsoever i saw that was one of the major reason why we didn't you know like come up with a new solution so and new the new leadership in ethiopia brought a new dynamic and it was a new start to go towards their leadership and like. you know offer right for a new peace but we're still talking about a country that young people off feeling in his jones we we've got a report we see young people running away from this country at the leadership. a brutal dictatorship and why is that the case and how is this regime able to stay intact well one of the major problem in eritrea was the militarization of the society because eritreans when there are when they finish the school when they're 18 years old. to go for the military service which is a consensus or people go actually voluntarily to enter service but. the
law is not implemented because. the low ses 18 months is an obligation that most of the young people stay for more than 1015 years in military service so most of the people do not have their perspectives how to continue with their lives and how to have a qualification for the labor market etc teresa so most of the people are actually without any perspectives which has a consequence to leave the country and look for better perspectives i'll say the country. ok that's eric a envoy list. miskin the thank you for your insight. and that is we will leave it for data obvious if they are you can catch one all stories on our website and facebook page have a lovely weekend and see you next time i come out.
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