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Kenya pledges to allow homosexuality

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Nairobi (Alshahid) – Kenya’s delegation to the ongoing eighth session of the Universal Periodic Review on human rights at Geneva’s Palais des Nations has promised   decriminalise homosexuality and combat any sort of prejudice based on sexual orientation or gender.

The country, however, admitted that it faced serious social intolerance towards homosexuals.

Kenya’s delegation which includes 14-member led by Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo, also promised to strengthen women rights and eliminate child labour and early marriages.

A report on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) website shows that Kenya has also admitted that cultural barriers remain an obstacle in dealing with gender and social discrimination and that it will take time before they are adequately dealt with.

Kenya was praised for enhancing legislative measures and awareness campaigns against women discrimination and for providing funds in support of women’s socio-economic initiatives through the established Women’s Fund.

The record of Kenya was commended with regard to prison reforms, initiatives to tackle poverty, free primary and secondary education, measures to improve safe motherhood and new-born survival as well as the setting up of a HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Act.

The review team lauded Kenya for undertaking constitutional and electoral reforms and for its cooperation with the International Criminal Court whose chief prosecutor is currently in country to launch investigations.

The peer review is established under the United Nations General Assembly resolution 60/251 of March 15 2006.

Both Kenya’s proposed and current constitutions outlaw same sex relations and unions.

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Wilfred Mulliro is Kenyan columnist. MA in International Studies from University of Nairobi, B.Ed. in English Literature from Kenyata University. His articles which focus on Social issues and Politics appear in Kenya's leading Newspapers.

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