Barbados decriminalizes same-sex relationships, and LGBT activist Edwin Chiloba was murdered in Kenya.

Barbados Decriminalizes Gay Sex

The Barbados High Court handed down an important decision that decriminalized consenting same-sex relationships. A later time will see the delivery of the written decision.

After Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Kitts & Nevis, Barbados will become the third nation in the Eastern Caribbean to abolish discriminatory legislative prohibitions and legalize homosexual acts in 2022.

The Sexual Offences Act of 1992 in Barbados penalized "buggery" with a maximum sentence of life in prison and "severe indecency" with a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail. Both offenses were remnants of British colonial law and were regarded to be felonies against consenting same-sex behavior.

According to the Human Rights Watch, even while laws in the Caribbean that criminalize same-sex intimacy are rarely enforced, their broad definitions and ambiguous wording allow for prejudice and hate toward LGBT persons.

 

 

 

LGBT Activist Murdered In Kenya

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Edwin Chiloba, a Kenyan advocate for LGBT rights whose body was discovered in a metal box by the side of the road near Eldoret, reportedly suffocated to death after having socks shoved into his mouth, according to Reuters.

"[He] died from asphyxia which is caused by smothering. We found that he had a piece of jeans trouser which was tied around the mouth, and around the nose," pathologist Johansen Oduor told Reuters.

The fashion designer and model Chiloba is believed to have been murdered at his house in the western Kenyan city, and police have identified his roommate Jacktone Odhiambo as the prime suspect.

Police have Odhiambo and four other suspects in custody.

In Kenya, where homosexuality is prohibited and having gay intercourse is punishable by 14 years in prison, although this rule is rarely implemented, Chiloba's death has shocked the LGBT community.


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