SASOD accuses state of sanctioning homophobia…as UNAIDS calls for end to laws against homosexuality

Published: May 17, 2009

SASOD accuses state of sanctioning homophobia…as UNAIDS calls for end to laws against homosexuality

The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has issued a call for governments around the world to decriminalise homosexuality. The call comes as International Day against homophobia” is being observed around the world. In Guyana, as is the case in most of the Commonwealth Caribbean, intimacy between men is not allowed. In a statement, Mr. Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, urged all governments to take steps to eliminate stigma and discrimination faced by men who have sex with men, lesbians and transgender populations.

He said that governments must also create social and legal environments that ensure respect for human rights and enable universal access to hiv prevention, treatment, care and support. “The failure to respond effectively has allowed hiv to reach crisis levels in many communities of men who have sex with men and transgender people,” Sidibé said. He said efforts to reverse this crisis must be evidence informed, grounded in human rights and underpinned by the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

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