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South Sudan refuses to decriminalise homosexuality

Posted in: International News
By Daily News staff - 3rd April 2017

South Sudan is refusing to legalise homosexuality and scrap the death penalty saying it would be “in conflict with our national laws and our cultures”.

In November the United Nations Human Rights Council delivered a peer review of South Sudan and asked it to abolish the death sentence for homosexual acts and legalise same-sex marriage.

Speaking to Eye Radio in Juba, Justice Minister Paulino Wanawila responded to this saying that the African nation would live up to its traditional laws.

Amnesty International researcher Elizabeth Deng, told Gay Star News that the nations government and society is “very hostile” towards homosexuality.

She said. “No one can be openly homosexual in South Sudan.

“Given the lawlessness, it’s the kind of place where you could easily end up dead because your actual or perceived sexuality.”

She added “It is not a government which takes human rights seriously. When you do not have the basic right to life for its citizens, I’m not expecting [the UN report] to have much impact on the government’s policies.”

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