Six LGBT activists have been expelled from Congo due to anti-LGBT violence.

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 Six LGBT+ activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Kamituga town have been beaten and forced to escape.


In recent months, anti-LGBT+ violence and harassment has increased in the region, with many members of the community accusing LGBT+ persons of being at odds with traditional customs. 

According to the campaign site Erasing 76 Crimes, several traditional chiefs and local community leaders have also asserted that LGBT+ persons are "satanic and devilish."


Death threats were made against the six LGBT+ campaigners, and the perpetrators are still unknown.


Residents in the area also threatened to stone them.


The campaigners shared a home after being forced to escape their families because of their sexuality. 

On July 31, a gang of people pushed open their door and beat them until they were able to flee.


They sought safety in Kamituga with a friend before fleeing to Lugushwa, where they are presently hiding.


The mayor of Kamituga stated he hadn't heard about the incident yet, but that he would try to find out who was responsible.



Rainbow Sunrise Mapambazuko (RSM), a local LGBT+ organization, has condemned the incidents and requested that the activists be relocated to Bukavu to ensure their safety. 

RSM claims that this is not the first time members of their organization have been targeted for violence, citing the kidnapping of two LGBT+ activists in Kamituga in January 2020.


Despite many inquiries by security forces in the area, one was eventually found deceased and the other is still missing.


In the Congo, same-sex sexual behavior is allowed, but same-sex marriages or unions are not.


A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage has been in place since 2006.


There are no anti-discrimination legislation protecting persons based on their sexuality, and many people in the country are hostile to LGBT+ people.

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