Zambia Court Acquits Gay Rights Activist After Comments On AIDS Prevention, Human Rights

News sources report on the acquittal of a gay rights activist in Zambia who publicly spoke about the need to recognize gay rights as part of HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns.

Al Jazeera: Zambia court acquits top gay rights activist
“…Paul Kasonkomona’s acquittal on Tuesday was hailed by gay rights advocates as a boost for human rights and came a day after Uganda signed a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality. Kasonkomona had appeared on television saying that recognizing gay rights was needed to address the country’s HIV/AIDS epidemic…” (2/25).

Reuters: Zambian magistrate acquits gay rights activist over TV comments
“…In April 2013, Kasonkomona was arrested after he appeared on a television program where he spoke about the need to recognize the rights of vulnerable groups such as homosexuals to tackle the AIDS epidemic in Africa. He had been released on bail pending the court hearing…” (2/25).

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