Criminalising homosexuality in the DRC

Published: November 8, 2010

The DRC parliament is  presently debating proposed in the process of discussing legislation which will criminalise homosexuality. There are a number of major difference between the DRC Bill and legislation proposed in for example,  Nigeria  and Uganda  which have proposed similar legislation. First the DRC does not presently have any laws on homosexuality and secondly this Bill includes a clause criminalising zooophilia which is directly associated with homosexuality “.

    [English translation] The moral rules tell us that homosexuality (lesbianism) is a zoophilia termed moral depravity abomination, references to the Bible and other writings. Given the requirements to preserve our society of this scourge and promote destructive Congolese culture on the one hand, and to overcome the repressive system Congolese become incomplete and inadequate for the evolution and cultural mix in planetary scale on the other.

The Bill is framed in the usual language that homosexuality is “unAfrican” against ‘our’ culture, ‘threat’ to family and religious preservation. In other areas the Bill is similar in that it also aims to criminalise

    any activities that directly or indirectly aim to promoting the rights LGBTI persons, therefore, in accordance with section 174h3 of the Bill, “all publications, posters, pamphlets, (or) films highlighting or likely to arouse or encourage sexual practices against nature are forbidden within the territory of the DRC (Section 174h3)” and “all associations that promote or defend sexual relations against nature are forbidden within the territory of the DRC.”

However the Bill is facing some parliamentry opposition on the basis that it will “violate individual freedoms dearly proclaimed by the Constitution and goes against the current trend of wider individual and human rights in the DRC”. In addition human rights and LGBTI within the DRC and other countries in Central and East Africa are working diligently to prevent the Bill from being passed – it is also important and in the best interest of those who would be directly affected by the legislation that local groups take the leadership in decision making and responding to the bill.

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