Namibia denies entry documents for gay dads' twins born in South Africa
Two new-born baby girls, born in South Africa two weeks ago, are being denied entry into Namibia as the government is not recognising their rainbow family, local civil rights organisations reported.
The two babies, conceived via surrogacy, were born on 13 March in a hospital in South Africa. Phillip Lühl, a Namibian citizen, was there to welcome them to the world, and South African authorities regularly issued a birth certificate stating that him and his partner are the babies’ fathers.
Namibia’s Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security, however, has so far refused to issue travel documents for the twins to allow them into the country, and has reportedly demanded a paternity test to prove that they are Lühl’s biological children.
According to The Namibian, the man has filed an urgent application in the Windhoek High Court to order the minister to issue emergency travel certificates to his daughters. On the day of the hearing, dozens of persons marched in the streets of the capital in solidarity with the rainbow family.
“In refusing to issue travel documents, the ministry renders the twins de facto stateless [and] prevents the family from being united, contravening Namibian and international laws,” founder of LGBT Namibia Chris de Villiers was quoted as writing in a letter to Namibian minister of Home Affairs. “[The LGBTQ community are] not asking to be favoured but, just like everyone else, we do not want to be discriminated against.