AGS joint statement on same-sex couples immigration rightsLAC
Statement: SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT ON THE SAME-SEX COUPLES’ IMMIGRATION RIGHTS CASE
We, the partners of Afrikagrupperna, a Swedish solidarity organisation, are a group of diverse organisations from Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. We work in the areas of labour rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, climate justice and food sovereignty and for the protection of human rights as a collective.
We condemn the violence and hate speech targeting the Namibian LGBTI community since the landmark Judgment in which the Supreme Court confirmed the right of a foreign spouse in a same-sex marriage to be treated equally in terms of immigration laws.
We condemn that institutions with power, such as religious and traditional authorities, are promoting violence and hate.
We call on these institutions to respect and protect the rights of all within Namibia as was envisaged by the authors of the Namibian Constitution.
We call on these institutions to respect the Judgment of the Supreme Court of Namibia.
We confirm the basic human right to independent choice, in homes, in communities and in relationships.
We confirm the right to dignity in a constitutional democracy.
We celebrate love and diversity.