Search

 

Cablegate: Eritrea: Human Rights Trends Regarding Sexual

VZCZCXRO9102
RR RUEHBZ RUEHDU RUEHGI RUEHJO RUEHMA RUEHMR RUEHPA RUEHRN RUEHTRO
DE RUEHAE #0445 3651338
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 311338Z DEC 09
FM AMEMBASSY ASMARA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0655
INFO RUEHZO/AFRICAN UNION COLLECTIVE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RUEKDIA/DIA WASHDC
RUMICEA/JICCENT MACDILL AFB FL
RUEPADJ/CJTF-HOA J2X CAMP LEMONIER DJ
RHRMDAB/COMUSNAVCENT
RHMFISS/HQ USAFRICOM STUTTGART GE

UNCLAS ASMARA 000445

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

DEPT FOR AF FRONT OFFICE
AF/RSA FOR LOUIS MAZEL, LAURA GRIESMER, LEARNED DEES
DEPT FOR AF/E AND DRL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PGOV ER
SUBJECT: ERITREA: HUMAN RIGHTS TRENDS REGARDING SEXUAL
ORIENTATION

REF: STATE 137065

1. (SBU) In response to reftel A, homosexual conduct is
criminalized under Article 600 of the Penal Code of 1957,
inherited from Ethiopia, as an "unnatural carnal offence."
Homosexual conduct is punishable by "simple imprisonment,"
which is reserved for lesser offences. In cases involving
adults and minors, the minor is exempt from punishment if the
adult is considered at fault. According to a high courts
judge, Eritrea continues to prosecute individuals under
Article 600 of the Penal Code.

2. (SBU) Eritrea is a conservative society that considers
homosexual behavior a moral crime. Homosexuality is often
met with ridicule and persecution. Because sexual
orientation is not openly discussed, the size of the
homosexual population in Eritrea remains unknown.
McMullen

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


UN: Bachelet Alarmed By Number Of Palestinian Children Killed In Latest Escalation

UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet today expressed alarm at the high number of Palestinians, including children, killed and injured in the occupied Palestinian territory this year, including in intense hostilities between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza last weekend... More>>

Save The Children: One Year Under Taliban Rule, Girls Are More Isolated, Hungry, Sad: New Report
One year since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, an economic crisis, crippling drought and new restrictions have shattered girls’ lives, excluding them from society and leaving them hungry...
More>>

Palestinian Ministry of Health: Developments In The Health Situation During The Israeli Aggression On The Cities & Governorates Of The Gaza Strip
For the second day in a row, the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip continues by targeting overcrowded residential areas and neighborhoods, as the death toll rose to 13 citizens, including a 5-year-old girl and a 23-year-old woman... More>>


Somalia: ‘We Cannot Wait For Famine To Be Declared; We Must Act Now’
Rising acute food insecurity in Somalia has caused more than 900,000 people to flee their homes in search of humanitarian assistance since January last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned... More>>

UN: American West Faces Water And Power Shortages Due To Climate Crisis
Two of the largest reservoirs in the United States are at dangerously low levels due to the climate crisis and overconsumption of water, which could affect water and electricity supply for millions in six western states and Mexico, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) warned on Tuesday... More>>



Singapore: UN Experts Call For Immediate Moratorium On Executions For Drug Offences

UN experts* today condemned the execution of Nazeri Bin Lajim, a 64-year-old Malay Singaporean national convicted of drug offenses and urged the Government of Singapore to halt plans to execute individuals on death row for drug related charges... More>>