Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Lesotho LGBTI Resources

(See Below for Case Law, Evidence of Public Attitudes, NGOs that Assist or Advocate on LGBTI issues, and Country of Origin LGBTI Specialists)

Homosexual anal sex is prohibited as a common law offence. Same sex relationships between women are not penalised under existing legislation.

CASE LAW

We do not currently list any case law, but welcome suggestions of case law relating to LGBTI asylum claimants from Lesotho.

PUBLIC ATTITUDES AND/OR STATE'S CAPACITY TO PROTECT

Albeit criminalised, sexual relations between men are not prosecuted in practice. As the Open Society Initiative for South Africa explains, ‘the sodomy law is a silent law’.

The 2012 US State Department report on Human Rights Practices states that LGBTI populations face societal discrimination, particularly with regard to participation in religious activities and access to health care. Indeed, although the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Lesotho is high – approximately 23.3% in adults according to UNICEF dataonly one HIV prevention programme to date has targeted men who have sex with men. A study conducted in 2009 revealed that many male homosexuals fear seeking healthcare.

The 2012 US State Department report also refers to incidents of violence that remained unreported due to the victims’ fear of being publicly identified as LGBTI. The report notes that the authorities in Lesotho do not show sensitivity to discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Despite persistent homophobic attitudes, on 31 May 2013, the first gay pride in Lesotho was organised by the Matrix Support Group.

NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (NGOs)

We do not currently list any NGOs working with LGBTI persons in Lesotho, but welcome suggestions

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN SPECIALISTS

We do not currently list any experts on LGBTI issues in Lesotho, but welcome suggestions.

 

Researched by: Minos Mouzourakis

minosmouzourakisatgmail [dot] com

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