The FR stands in Solidarity with the plight of LGTBQ+ community in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya
Statement from the Feminist Republik on the Passing away of Chriton ‘Trinidad’ Athuwera LGBTI+ and Human Rights Defender based at the Kakuma Refugee Camp Block 13 in Kenya. 13 April 2021
“Gone too soon..”
On April 12, 2021 Chriton “Trinidad” Athuwera a Ugandan LGBTI+ refugee and human rights defender passed away. Trinidad, a 22-year-old was a student, poet and national who had no choice but to flee his home country to Kakuma Refugee Camp when his sexual orientation was exposed. On March 15, 2021 a petrol bomb was thrown into Block 13 in a homophobic attack setting the block on fire and leaving Trinidad and Jordan another LGBTI+ refugee with severe second- degree burns.
Reports indicate that neglect and improper care after the homophobic attack unfortunately led him to succumb to his wounds yesterday.
A little less than two weeks ago at the Gender Equality Forum in Mexico, representatives from the Kakuma Block 13 presented a video appealing to States, inter-government mechanisms and other stakeholders to take urgent measures to protect the rights of womn human rights defenders and activists in all their diversity.
Please find the full Demand Document here: English French Kiswahili & Portuguese. You can be involved by signing and sharing an endorsement here to demand indispensable measures to ensure the holistic protection of WHRDs.
We demand specifically protection for Human Rights Defenders who migrate, seek asylum and suffer from forced displacement, acknowledging that those “who have to relocate or are exiled face many difficulties in the places they relocate including economic precariousness, uprooting, racism and xenophobia, lack of support and barriers to their families joining them.”
The Feminist Republik Platform denounces the tragic and unnecessary death of Trinidad. His death highlights a wider pattern of homophobic and transphobic hatred towards sexual and gender minorities unabated in the refugee camps.
The mechanisms aimed at preventing and addressing these human rights violations remain grossly inadequate. The number of womn human rights defenders attacked and left unaddressed speaks to a lack of real political will to protect human rights. The authorities must take credible steps to ensure this death does not go in vain.
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