It was something special. In recent months, the push has been towards greater homophobia. Especially in legislature. Not less. And this is interesting.
In an overwhelmingly positive vote for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the Central African nation of
The provision criminalizing consensual same-sex activity survived various revisions to the overall Code and was included in the final version of the bill that was submitted to the Burundian Senate on February 6, 2009. On February 17, 2009, however, 36 out of 43 Senators voted to strike it from the bill.
Burundian parliamentarians received appeals from throughout the world to reconsider the legislation. Civic leaders in
After the National Assembly passed the provision criminalizing consensual same-sex activity, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and the Association pour le Respect et les Droits des Homosexuels (ARDHO) issued an appeal to the entire membership of
The bill to revise the penal code now returns to the National Assembly. Both chambers are required to form a commission to reconcile competing versions of the bill before it is sent to the president for promulgation. Any reconciliation could, potentially, reinstate the provision criminalizing same-sex conduct.
Whatever the outcome, the fact that the majority of senators voted against the provision shows a growing recognition that all citizens are entitled to the full enjoyment of human rights irrespective of their sexual orientation.
In recent years governments in several African countries, including
1- French translation for “quiconque fait des relations sexuelles avec la personne de même sexe est puni d'une servitude pénale de trios mois à deux ans et d'une amende de cinquante mille francs à cent mille francs ou d'une de ces peines seulement”.