SA wants clarity on various countries' sexual rights

Published: February 25, 2014

 South Africa will seek clarification from various countries about their laws on sexual orientation, a government official said on Tuesday.

 
International relations department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said government had noted the recent global issues on lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals, and intersexuals (LGBTI).
 
On Tuesday, a Zambian court reportedly freed a rights activist arrested last year for publicly advocating gay rights.
 
On Monday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed off an anti-gay Bill which would see gays imprisoned. The Bill stated that first-time "offenders" could be jailed for up to 14 years, while repeat offenders could face life imprisonment.
 
"South Africa believes that no persons should be subjected to discrimination or violence on any ground, including on the basis of sexual orientation," Monyela said in a statement.
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