UN agencies ask Brazilian president to criminalize 'homophobia'

Published: November 2, 2012

November 2, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Expanded Thematic Group on HIV/AIDS in Brazil (GT/UNAIDS), in joint partnership with national and international groups, sent a letter on October 16 to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and other Brazilian authorities, requesting priority be given to efforts to criminalize “homophobia.”

The letter was signed by GT/UNAIDS and its members: USAID, UNHCR, ILO, UN Women, CDCs, PAHO/WHO, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, and UNODC. Other signatories include the Brazilian Ministry of Health, the Human Rights Special Secretariat of the Brazilian Presidency, and ABGLT, the largest homosexualist group in Brazil.

The letter warns about a major AIDS epidemic in Brazil, saying that while HIV affects 0.6% of the general population, among men that have sex with men the rate is higher: more than 10% of the Brazilian gay community has been plagued by HIV.

The letter says that the main culprit of the high HIV prevalence among homosexuals is high levels of violence against them, and that prejudices against homosexuality are a strong hindrance on AIDS prevention programs. As evidence, the letter mentions a 2008 study by the Perseu Abramo Foundation saying that “92% of the Brazilian population recognizes that there is a strong prejudice against homosexuality.”

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