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Zambia rejects call to make gay sex legal

The Zambian government has rejected multi-national proposals that it decriminalize same-sex intimacy.

Logo of the U.N. Human Rights Council
Logo of the U.N. Human Rights Council

Under Zambian law, sexual activity “against the order of nature” is punishable by imprisonment for 15 years to life. As part of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s universal periodic review (UPR) of countries’ human-rights record, eight nations urged Zambia to repeal that law.

The U.N. Human Rights Council was formerly known as the U.N. Commission on Human Rights.

The Lusaka Times reported:

Zambian government rejected recommendations to recognise Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex relations

The Zambian government has rejected recommendations to recognise Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) relations from eight countries.

The eight countries that recommended that Zambia should allow the rights of LGBTI relationships are Honduras, France, Spain, Sweden, Canada, Australia, Argentina and Uruguay.

Zambia's location in southern Africa
Zambia’s location in southern Africa

Human Rights Commission (HRC) spokesperson Mweelwa Muleya said Zambia’s cycle of the UPR was in November last year in Geneva.

Speaking during a Human Rights media workshop, in Choma Mr Muleya said that Zambia received a total of 203 recommendations during the UPR submitted from 78 countries.

Zambia accepted 183 recommendations made, representing a 90 percent acceptance rate.

A total of 20 recommendations were not turned down, including those urging the Government to recognise LGBTI relationships.

“Zambia rejected recommendations that it should protect the rights of lesbians, homosexual, transgender,” he said.

According to Mr Muleya, also rejected by Zambia were recommendations made by nine countries for Zambia to abolish the death penalty.

Others rejected were recommendations to guarantee provision of social services for refugees and free education for migrants. …

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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