UN condemns gender abuse, denounces "punitive" rape of lesbians and gays

(SPOT.ph) After passing a resolution supporting the rights of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, the United Nations has also denounced the rape of women and men who are, or appear to be, lesbian or gay, reports Manila Bulletin.

In a statement issued by UN over the weekend, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said "corrective" or "punitive" rape, which victimizes homosexuals is part of a pattern of sexual violence, a lack of respect for women, with "deeply entrenched homophobia." Pillay also added that "All rape is repugnant and constitutes a serious crime that can never be condoned or excused."

Using a 2009 report by Action Aid, a charity organization, which contained testimonies from 15 female rape victims in South Africa, Pillay noted that the rapes had been targeted specifically because of their sexuality with the attackers telling victims that they were giving them "lesson," "doing them a favor," and "punishing" or "treating" them for their homosexuality.

A 13-year-old girl was raped in Atteridgeville (South Africa) last May 4 with the attacker explaining that it was a cure to "lesbianism." Lesbian activist Noxolo Nogwaza was stoned, raped and stabbed dead in an alley in Johannesburg after she argued with men who came on to her girlfriend. Pillay, however, added that the problem is not limited in South Africa, citing similar instances in the United States and United Kingdom.

South Africa was also the one that introduced the resolution for LGBT rights.

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