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MEPs condemn maltreatment of sexual minorities in Africa

06.07.2012 - 15:15

The European Parliament strongly condemned on 5 July reoccurring attacks in Africa on lesbians and unequivocally supported the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

The Parliament condemned the stigmatisation, harassment and violence, including murder, and so-called corrective rape, suffered by women and LGBTI people in a number of African countries and urged the authorities to protect potential victims and bring the perpetrators to justice.

MEPs called on the Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, to additionally pressure governments of African nations to protect sexual minorities from discrimination and persecution and to raise pay a particular attention to these issues in the EU's relations with third countries.

Female homosexuality remains illegal in 27 African countries, male homosexuality is criminalised in 38 African countries, and homosexuality is still punishable by death in several African countries, while in many is subject to long imprisonments. South Africa is the only country of the continent where sexual minorities have the same legal treatment as in developed western countries.