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Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Kenya (CESCR 06-04-2016)
The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights considered the combined second to fifth periodic reports of Kenya on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (E/C.12/KEN/2-5) at its 8th and 9th meetings (E/C.12/2016/SR.8-9), held on 25 and 26 February 2016, and adopted the following concluding observations at its 20th meeting, held on 4 March 2016.
C. Principal subjects of concern and recommendations
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons
- The Committee is concerned that sexual relations between consenting adults of the same sex are criminalized in the Penal Code and that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons are stigmatized and socially excluded, as well as discriminated in gaining access to social services, particularly health-care services (art. 2 (2)).
- The Committee calls upon the State party to decriminalize sexual relations between consenting adults of the same sex. It also recommends that the State party take the steps necessary to put an end to the social stigmatization of homosexuality and ensure that no one is discriminated in accessing health care and other social services owing to their sexual orientation or gender identity.