South African Government Statement on Sexual Orientation

On 18 December 2008 Argentina read a statement on human rights and sexual orientation and gender identity before the General Assembly signed by 65 other countries.

 South Africa supported the statement but was not a signatory to it.  In supporting the statement, South Africa was guided by the values enshrined in our Constitution.

 It is also important to note that over the years, there have been several declarations that have been presented to the General Assembly and that South Africa has supported without being a signatory.

 Issued by Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo on (212) 213-5583

Department of Foreign Affairs
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Pretoria
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8 January 2009

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