Mr. President, distinguished members of the delegation,
We wish to address recommendations 98 and 99, issues of serious concern raised in the Working Group report on Angola. This provision calls for the amendment of the penal code and other discriminatory laws that may affect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender citizens of Angola and also measures to decriminalize consensual sexual activity among person of the same sex, to ensure that no one is punished under these laws.
Recommendations 98 & 99 is unrelated to marriage in general. Criminalisation of same sex is a violation of established international human rights law and a major blow to public health. It raises serious issues of discrimination and jeopardises the important struggle against HIV/AIDS. The Human Rights Committee has noted that laws criminalising homosexuality “run counter to the implementation of effective education programmes in respect of HIV/AIDS prevention” by driving marginalised communities underground, a finding supported by UNAIDS and other key actors in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
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