Singapore upholds anti-gay laws

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The decision to continue criminalizing consensual same-sex relations between men in Singapore is disappointing, according to the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR.

This week, the country's Supreme Court decided to uphold anti-gay laws, stating that its penal code which criminalizes male homosexuality does not violate Singapore's constitution.

The Court added that it is up to the Singaporean Parliament to amend the law.

The UN says using criminal law to prosecute individuals for engaging in consensual same sex conduct violates human rights guaranteed by international law.

OHCHR recognizes that while this law is rarely invoked in Singapore, it is discriminatory and contributes to societal stigma against individuals who are gay.

The UN says it regrets that the Singaporean courts missed the opportunity to strike the law down.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 57″

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