Rainbow Sunrise Mapambazuko (RSM)
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
Country: The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Local issues: Since the mid-2000, discrimination acts against the LGBTI (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals and Intersexual) have increased a lot in the DRC, as well as in many countries in Central Africa (Cameroun, Uganda and Burundi). It is the actions of the population but also that of law enforcement authorities who carry out arbitrary arrests and illegal detention, along with intimidation and extortions. A homophobic public speech is used at the same time by some conservative evangelists who link homosexuality to Satanism or Occultism, and by political personalities who assimilate homosexuality to a scourge imported from Western culture and therefore contrary to African traditions. In January 2009, the Parliament passed a Bill prohibiting same sex adoption.
Missions: RSM’s promotes the defense of the rights of LGBTI people in the entire territory of the DRC, ensures useful communication for a drift in the attitude of people and the authorities that violate their human rights. It also carries out training for trainers and creates activities generating income to maintain LGBTIs in difficult situations.
Important: RSM is one of the only associations for the defense of the right of LGBTI in the DRC. Between 2011 and 2014, RSM registered 275 cases of discrimination on the sexual orientation in the South-Kivu province – physical aggressions, sexual violence, threats, arrests and arbitrary detentions.
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Partnership with AEDH: since 2015.
AEDH Support: AEDH supports the implementation of an awareness and protection programme on the rights of LGBTI people in the context of the DEFI project.