OHCHR / SINGAPORE HUMAN RIGHTS

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23-Aug-2022 00:01:11
“We are welcoming the announcement by the Prime Minister of Singapore to repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between men,” said a UN Human rights spokesperson. OHCHR

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STORY: OHCHR / SINGAPORE HUMAN RIGHTS
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DATELINE: 23 AUGUST 2022 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, UN Headquarters, exterior
2. Wide shot, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We are welcoming the announcement by the Prime Minister of Singapore to repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between men. This colonial-era law has more broadly impacted and stigmatized the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people as a whole.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Everyone is entitled to the equal protection, respect and fulfilment of their human rights, including LGBTIQ+ people. Repealing Section 377A will help pave the way for constructive dialogue and greater understanding and acceptance of and safety for LGBTIQ+ individuals in Singapore.”
6. Med shot, participants
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“It is essential that the law protects the relationships of all consenting partners, whatever their sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex characteristics”
8. Wide shot, briefing room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“And we call on the Government to expedite the repeal process and take measures to protect the rights of LGBTIQ+ people, including enacting anti-discrimination legislation that covers discrimination against them.”
10. Wide shot, briefing room

STORYLINE:
“We are welcoming the announcement by the Prime Minister of Singapore to repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between men,” said a UN Human rights spokesperson.

At the bi-weekly press conference, today (23 Aug) UN Human rights spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani made referred to a statement by the High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, on Singapore’s decision to repeal the crimination of consensual sexual conduct between men.

“This colonial-era law has more broadly impacted and stigmatized the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people as a whole,” she said.

Adding, “Everyone is entitled to the equal protection, respect, and fulfillment of their human rights, including LGBTIQ+ people. Repealing Section 377A will help pave the way for constructive dialogue and greater understanding and acceptance of and safety for LGBTIQ+ individuals in Singapore.”

About the Government’s announced plans to amend the constitution to ensure the legal definition of marriage be limited to an act between a man and a woman, various UN human rights mechanisms have urged all States to legally recognize same-sex unions – whether by making marriage available to same-sex couples or through other arrangements, such as civil partnerships – and have also called for the same benefits and protections for all.

“It is essential that the law protects the relationships of all consenting partners, whatever their sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex characteristics,” she said.

“I call on the Government to expedite the repeal process and take measures to protect the rights of LGBTIQ+ people, including enacting anti-discrimination legislation that covers discrimination against them,” Shamdasani said.
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