U.N. HIV/AIDS Envoy Calls on Caribbean Governments to Decriminalize Homosexuality
December 15, 2008
George Alleyne, the United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean, on Thursday said that Caribbean countries should repeal laws that criminalize same-sex contact, EFE/Latin American Herald Tribune reports. "I believe that the existence of these laws contribute to infected and potentially infected men not coming forward to be tested, and I believe and I will propose that such laws be revised," Alleyne said at a multifaith meeting in Georgetown, Guyana. He also called for a "civil discourse" between the religious community and policymakers on the public health and moral aspects of criminalizing same-sex contact. According to Alleyne, "rampant homophobia" is one of the "most egregious manifestations of stigma and discrimination." In addition, he said that few officials in the Caribbean have the courage to call for the repeal of such laws.
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