The human Rights Commission (HRC) has dispelled the media reports indicating that the commission is in support of gay rights. Commission spokesperson Samuel Kasankha has stated that the headline of a story published in the Zambia Daily Mail of February 27 which quoted commission chairperson Pixie Yangailo as having stated that HRC for gay RIGHTS did not reflect the content of the story.
He stated that Ms Yangailo was correctly quoted in the story as saying that the Zambian constitution guarantees equality and if the right to education or health is denied based on sexual orientation, the commission will speak against that because no law in Zambia allows that.
The Commission has maintained that people must not be denied of their human rights based on their sexual orientation. Commission spokesperson Samuel Kasankha has however charged that homosexuality will not be entertained in Zambia as it is illegal under section 155 and 158 of the penal code.
Mr. Kasankha explains that the commission will protect people’s rights in the same manner that it protects human rights of all persons including people who are suspected to have commited any crimes and are serving prison terms.
He has emphasized that it is not in the business of peddling criminality but merely ensure the minimum guarantee to those who may be different from the majority.