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Thursday, 5 July 2012 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Violence against lesbians and LGBT rights in Africa (debate)

  Zuzana Brzobohatá (S&D). (CS) Mr President, the discrimination and persecution of people with a homosexual or transsexual orientation is a sad fact in most African countries. Female homosexuality is illegal and punishable in 27 African countries. The situation is worst in Somalia, Sudan, Mauritania and Uganda, where lesbian women even face the death penalty. This is a gross breach of human rights, which stipulate equality and freedom regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

In my opinion, there is a great danger of homosexual women and the activists that fight for their rights being lynched. I utterly condemn the murder and corrective rape of women, which is, unfortunately, on the increase in many African countries. This is not just violence against lesbians, but violence against women in general. Women are generally at risk of violence and discrimination, regardless of their orientation. Even heterosexual women may become victims of stigmatisation and discrimination if their lifestyle fails to meet local standards.

Through the European Parliament and European institutions, we can continue to strengthen and motivate activists and support non-for-profit organisations fighting for human rights in Africa.

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