Bangladesh: We Won’t Decriminalize Homosexuality

Written by scott on September 21st, 2013

Being Gay in BangladeshBangladesh government officials are refusing to consider the decriminalization of homosexuality in the Asian country.

Gay Star News reports:

Legal and LGBT rights activists in Bangladesh have expressed dismay at the government’s refusal to decriminalize homosexuality though the state has long since accepted that homosexuality exists in the country and there is need to spread awareness among males having sex with males to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS. The reaction came Friday after Bangladesh attended the 24th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva, where it rejected the recommendation to abolish Section 377 of the national penal code which criminalizes consensual same-sex relationship.

Decriminalization is an important first step toward gaining rights for Bangladesh’s LGBT citizens.

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