Wednesday, January 20, 2010

AFRICA: Crackdowns on gays make the closet safer

[NOTE - The closet is also an enormous barrier in terms of delivering HIV prevention and care services, rendering invisible a highly impacted population.]

via PlusNews

More than two-thirds of African countries have laws criminalizing homosexual acts, and despite accounting for a significant percentage of new infections in many countries, men who have sex with men tend to be left out of the HIV response.

"[They] are going underground; they are hiding themselves and continuing to fuel the epidemic," UNAIDS executive director Michél Sidibé told IRIN/PlusNews recently. "We need to make sure these vulnerable groups have the same rights everyone enjoys: access to information, care and prevention for them and their families."

IRIN/PlusNews has compiled a short list of human rights violations against gay Africans.

Malawi - On 28 December 2009, soon after a traditional engagement ceremony, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga (pictured above) were arrested and charged with "unnatural offenses", which carries a maximum prison term of 14 years, and "indecent practices between males", which carries five years.

The men deny that they have had sexual relations, but the state prosecutor has applied for them to be sent to hospital to prove they have had sex, which rights activists and their lawyers say would violate their constitutional right to dignity. The trial has been postponed until 25 January 2010.

1 comment:

Electronic Medical Records said...

This is wrong...let anyone choose their way of sexual orientation but it has to be i the open and then preventive measures have to be taken to prevent the disease.

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