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A study of the LGBTI community's search for equality and non-discrimination in Kenya (2011).

In this report, The Kenya Human Rights Commission finds that human rights violations against LGBTI persons in Kenya are systematic, highly prevalent and generally not redressed by the state when called to. LGBTI persons are routinely abused, subjected to hate speech and incitement to violence, they suffer physical violence in terms from mobs and are occasionally raped by police, vigilantes and organized criminals.

The study also finds that LGBTI persons are often harassed by state officials, who enforce heteronormativity against presumed homosexual expressions, extort for bribes or ask for sexual favours and charge those who do not comply with their demands with trumped up charges. There is a deliberate failure by the state to protect LGBTI persons from discrimination both in policy and legislation.

The Kenya Human Rights Commission recommends that Civil Society Organisations, especially those organizing around human rights, should:

1. Mainstream LGBTI work in their human rights advocacy work.

2. File and support strategic and public interest litigation on violations seeking orders for declaration of rights in the Bill of Rights to protect LGBTI persons from continued discrimination.

3. Constitute programs that sensitize judicial officers, the police, ministries, civil servants, professional and commercial organizations and other relevant actors on the human rights issues concerning LGBTI persons.

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