First S. Sudanese gay forms NGO to fight for LGBT rights in the country
November 7, 2020 (Thessherald)–The first South Sudanese gay, Mach Nhiany, is planning to return home and establish a human rights organization that will advocate for the rights of the LGBT community in the country.
“This organization will fight for the rights of Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in South Sudan,” said Mach in a statement.
The NGO, Nilepride was allegedly registered in South Sudan and according to a source close to Mach the organization will embark on a nationwide campaign to educate the mass on gay rights.
Since the country gained independence and adopted the constitution in 2011, the world’s youngest country has criminalized same-sex marriage and imposed severe penalties on anyone found to be practicing LGBT activities.
In 2010, South Sudan’s President told Radio Netherlands Worldwide that homosexuality is not in the “character” of Southern Sudanese people. “It is not even something that anybody can talk about here in southern Sudan in particular. It is not there and if anybody wants to import or to export it to Sudan, it will not get the support and it will always be condemned by everybody,” he said.