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Anger as Bangladesh refuses to decriminalise homosexuality

Gay rights activists have criticised the Bangladeshi government after it rejected recommendations to remove a clause in its penal code which criminalises gay relationships. The reaction followed a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on Friday, where Bangladesh accepted 164 of a total 196 recommendations made by the body.

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25th September 2013 05:35

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

Among the measures rejected was a recommendation to abolish Section 377 of the national penal code which criminalises consensual same-sex relationships.
According to a UN summary of the UPR meeting, Abdul Hannan, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Office at Geneva, told the council that his country could not accept recommendations that conflicted with “constitutional and legal provisions” or “socio-cultural values of the country”.

Tanvir Alim, representing the gay rights organisation Boys of Bangladesh, said: “We regret that the government has rejected [the] recommendation to abolish Section 377 which criminalises consensual same-sex relationships.”

ILGA facilitated participation of Tanvir Alim of Bangladesh to the Human Rights Council. He made a statement on behalf of ILGA and of Boys of Bangladesh, the oldest and largest platform of self identified gay men in Bangladesh.

Read the statement here.