Govt urged to protect gay rights

2011-03-22 22:55

Johannesburg - The government must take a stand against violence against gays and lesbians by signing a United Nations (UN) document, the SA Human Rights Commission said on Tuesday.

It called on International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to encourage the government to sign the statement on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, currently under discussion at the UN Human Rights Council.

Commission chairperson Lawrence Mushwana said in a statement the body was concerned about reports of escalating violence against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex persons in the country and on the continent.

The commission has agreed to sign the National Human Rights Institutions' joint statement on ending violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

"The commission urges the South African government to be unambiguous in its commitment to protect the freedom of those who should have the right to choose any sexual orientation, and that any failure to articulate such an unambiguous stance would not be in keeping with our constitutional framework."

  • Jaco Venter - 2011-03-23 08:01

    Why should government sign such a document, all the people in South Africa are protected by law against violence. There must be something more behind this, like making it a crime to be outspoken against it? This would be a serious issue in a country where probably 99% do not agree with it. Please explain in more detail?

      Janine - 2011-03-23 08:39

      99% don't agree with what?

      Samuel - 2011-03-23 09:02

      Your 99% is totally incorrect...get your facts straight.

  • jiamalunga - 2011-03-23 08:52

    What about farmers rights?

      Samuel - 2011-03-23 09:02

      This article is not about farmers...

      Louis - 2011-03-23 09:24

      @Samuel, What if the farmer is gay? Will he then be protected? Or will there be an exemption because he is a white farmer? We need to know this, because it looks like Farmers have an open door op protection here if they become gay.

  • Vonnies2 - 2011-03-23 12:19

    LOUIS - You are such an Arsehole - You CANNOT become Gay, you are born that way. Why don't you ignoramus's do your homework before opening your stupid mouths???

      Felix - 2011-03-23 13:29

      @Vonnies2, you have missed a good joke. Unfortunately now the joke is on you ;)...

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