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The United Nations says the Jamaican government should decriminalise the buggery law. Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) Dr. Arun Kashyap said this should be done as it is in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Kashyap said the UN was elated with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s statement in the debates leading up to the 2011 general election. “We were very proud to hear when at that time the candidate and now Prime Minister very proudly said that she would have homosexuals in her cabinet …at this time if you talk to business leaders there is that acceptance but that doesn’t mean that the whole country has accepted that. So rather than rushing through the process, I will always say how do you create the right opportunities and time to do it”. The UN representative said the organisation can assist the government in moving in that direction. “We can start through advocacy, we can certainly start through building capacity, we can start by bringing in the best legal practices, ultimately its up to the Government , how they will handle it. In an ideal world, the earlier it happens the better it is but it also takes some time” he said. Meanwhile, Jamaica’s stance on homosexuality and buggery, will not hinder it receiving money from the Global Fund towards the country’s fight against HIV/AIDS. The assurance was given by Kashyap who was a guest at the weekly forum of the RJR News Centre. There has been concern, that the country could face a reduction in funding for the fight against HIV/AIDS, due to laws banning buggery.


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