By STEVEN MVULA
THE Human Rights Commission says it is in agreement with the position taken by Government that there should be no same sex marriages in Zambia.
Commission spokesperson Samuel Kasankha says much as the commission believes in upholding the rights of people with different sexual orientation, same sex marriages are in conflict with the country’s traditions and culture as well as Christian values.
“The position of the Human Rights Commission on the issue of same sex marriages has not changed. It’s abnormal and as a country, we cannot accept that,” he said in an interview yesterday.
Mr Kasankha was commenting on the European Union (EU) delegation’s call on Zambia to support the full range of human rights including same sex marriages.
The EU calls for recognition of same sex marriages in its 2012-2013 guidelines for grant applicants.
This is under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights supporting civil society to protect the rights of prisoners and of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
Minister of Home Affairs Edgar Lungu declared at the weekend that same sex marriages have no place in Zambia and those trying to champion them using money are just wasting their time.
And Kabwe-based Prisoners Future Foundation executive director Geoffrey Mayamba said it is common knowledge that prisoners are disadvantaged in many ways.
He said overcrowding, poor diet and lengthy legal procedures are among the challenges plaguing the prisoners.
Mr Mayamba said women’s special needs such as sanitary pads are not taken care of by prison authorities.
On same sex marriages, Mr Mayamba said he cannot comment in the absence of conclusive research.
He however said: “We have not yet reached the levels of accepting same sex marriages as a nation.”
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