06 February 2020 – Senior law lecturers of the University of Mauritius and the Young Queer Alliance organised a half-day debate on the theme of ‘Minorities Rights in Africa’.
The aim of the debate was to allow law students to explore and research the various issues that minorities groups, notably the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) people, face in the African region.
The topic of the debate was: Is there a contradiction between recognising LGBTQ rights in African States and the States national, social and cultural dynamics?
The vice-president of the YQA, Aubeeluck Vipine, addressed the participants and the audience, reminding them that Africa is multi-cultural, multi-identitied and diverse; and so are the challenges; especially so for minorities and the marginalised: religious, ethnic groups, women and girls, LGBTQ people and those in poverty among others.
Mr. Aubeeluck reminded the audience of the values and mission of the YQA, that the organisation is dedicated to ensuring the enjoyment of equal human rights, dignity and freedom by LGBTQ Queer people in our Mauritian society.
Concerning LGBTQ people in Mauritian society, he stated:
We have been making baby steps progress in Mauritius towards inclusion of LGBTQ people in terms of laws and policies. LGBTQ people are our friends, family, and neighbours and deserve to enjoy the same rights to have loving, caring relationships as everyone else.
The Young Queer Alliance wishes to extend its warmest thanks to the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) for its support this grass-root effort.