Outspoken Activist for Gay Rights Arrested in Zambia

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April 10, 2013

Paul Kasonkomona, a Zambian human rights activist with many years' experience, was arrested in Lusaka on Sunday for publically supporting the rights of Zambia's sexual minorities. He was arrested shortly after appearing on an independent television channel, Muvi TV, where he spoke in favour of access to health care for sex workers, prisoners, and sexual minorities.

Both homosexuality and sex work are illegal in the country. According to the AFP, police chief Solomon Jere said that he had been arrested for "inciting the public to take part in indecent activities". He had appeared on the same show a week earlier to discuss recent attempts by four men to register same-sex marriages.

Kasonkomona, who works for Engender Rights Center for Justice, a human rights civil society organisation that promotes the human rights of sexual minorities in Zambia, campaigns for the rights of gay people, sex workers, and people living with HIV/Aids.