Uganda Defends Anti-Gay Law At United Nations Human Rights Forum
Uganda has taken its defense of its anti-gay legislation to the United Nations. The nation defended its anti-gay laws, which allow gays to be sentenced to life in prison, on Thursday to the U.N. Human Rights Council.
Ambassador Christopher Onyanga Aparr told the United Nations Human Rights Council that sexual orientation was "not a fundamental human right" as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a landmark 1948 treaty.
"It is important to underscore the fact that the law is not intended to discriminate, persecute or punish homosexuals by the sheer fact of their sexual orientation. Rather the law is aimed at protecting and defending Ugandan society from social disorientation," he said.
"It seeks to protect our children from those engaged in acts of recruiting them into homosexuality and lesbianism," he said.
The law also sought to curb the use of paid homosexual sex to induce disadvantaged and vulnerable people, he said.
"The law also aims at discouraging homosexuals from publicly exhibiting their sexuality and sexual acts or practices," he added.
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