Russia Leads Effort To Block United Nations AIDS Resolution Calling For The Decriminalizing Homosexuality

Russia Leads Effort To Block United Nations AIDS Resolution Calling For The Decriminalizing Homosexuality

Radio Free Europe is reporting that Russia is leading an effort at the United Nations to strip language from an AIDS resolution that would have called for the decriminalization of homosexuality and drug use.

Russia was joined by Iran, Poland, and several Gulf states in blocking the decriminalization language from being included in a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on June 8 that called for ending the AIDS pandemic by 2030.

An earlier draft resolution had called for treating homosexuality and drug use as “human rights issues.” Instead, it now stresses the need to help intravenous drug users, gay men, and transgender people who are at high risk of contracting HIV.

Russian health official Dilyara Ravilova-Borovik said that while more must be done to end HIV/AIDS, governments have a “sovereign right” to decide their own public health strategy.

One week ago a Kremlin-backed group blamed condoms for the spread of HIV.

Russia’s AIDS epidemic is at a dangerous tipping point after the number of people registered HIV-positive has passed the 1 million mark.

Almost 20 percent of the country’s drug users and nearly 10 percent of the country’s gay people were HIV-positive.  Between 55 and 60 percent of cases are linked to drug use and around 40 percent to heterosexual sex. Gay sex accounted for only about 1.5 percent.

 

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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