Monday, July 04, 2005

Elton John, Saudi Arabia, Jamaica, Namibia, Uganda

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,6903,1520086,00.html

Elton John, writing in the Observer on 3 July 2005, wants to 'make prejudice history.'

Amnesty International states that around 80 countries still have laws that criminalise sex between same-sex consenting adults.

In Saudi Arabia, four men were recently sentenced to 2,000 lashes and two years' imprisonment after attending a 'gay wedding'.

( For bisexual behaviour in the Moslem world see Siwa Anwar Ibrahim and sex and the CIA
Morocco Bisexual animals? Bisexual Moslems? Sex with boys? )

The human body cannot usually withstand being flogged more than 50 times, so the punishment will be administered up to 50 lashes at a time at intervals of two weeks.

Jamaica has stern punishments for homosexual behaviour. This can include 10 years' imprisonment with hard labour.

"Homophobic violence, including beatings by whole crowds, rape, torture and even murder, is rife in Jamaica."

Brian Williamson, who co-founded Jamaica's first gay rights organisation, was brutally murdered a year ago.

In Namibia, children "routinely face discrimination and abuse from students and teachers because of their sexuality."

In Uganda, President Museveni is notoriously outspoken with his anti-gay campaigns.

Many politicians, from Africa to Asia and Latin America, proclaim that homosexuality is 'not part of our culture', an imported 'European perversion' that needs to be eradicated. 'Those who want to (continue with homosexual activities) must pack up and go back to Europe,' was how ex-President Nujoma of Namibia put it.

( See Malcolm X Different cultures Varieties of sex

Among bonobo apes, which are reputed to be jolly and sociable creatures, sex takes place between males and males, between females and females, between males and females, and between adults and children. Bonobos, according to recent research, may be closer to us than chimps; bonobos share 98% of our genetic profile. FLIRTING BOYS and peeing down the legs of morning suits. )

In Colombia, "paramilitaries and armed groups have made it their business to target gay people for 'social cleansing' as part of their policing of communities."

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