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Thursday, 5 July 2012 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Violence against lesbians and LGBT rights in Africa (debate)

  Edit Bauer, author. (HU) Mr President, I wish to stress that the problems of African lesbian women go far beyond the level of everyday discrimination, as Ms Yannakoudakis has also pointed out. Being a lesbian is illegal in 27 African countries, while for men, being gay is banned by law and strictly punished in 38 African countries. We know of several cases in recent months of women being killed because of being lesbian in various African countries. A law banning lesbianism was passed in Malawi this year, while a draft law that would even punish witnesses of lesbian encounters is on the agenda in Nigeria. Even in South Africa, where the constitution bans discrimination based on sexual orientation, so-called corrective rapes are a continuing practice that is not in decline, with several deaths even having been reported in the recent past. One victim was mutilated and burnt alive. Mr President, we are all born equal, and we believe that the European Parliament must not allow the murder of human beings, of women and men, to pass without comment.

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