Kenyan court ruled that the National Gay Lesbian Human Rights Commission can be classified as a non-profit.
Before now, Kenya used colonial-era laws that criminalize gay sex to prevent LGBT organizations from registering as a charity, according to Reuters. The ruling may help persecuted LGBT people around the country gain greater freedom.
“The judges have chosen to stand by the constitution that allows for like-minded persons to meet and organise formally,” Njeri Gateru, NGLHRC’s executive director, said in a statement. “The ruling only brings inclusivity and sets a positive precedent for other rights organisations in Kenya, and around Africa.”
The court ruled that LGBT Kenyans needed access to the same rights as all other citizens, but the government can still appeal this decision.