It appears as if South Africa is among the countries that will not be supporting a UN declaration calling for member states to decriminalise homosexuality.
The proposed declaration was initiated by France, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, and has been signed by all the countries of the European Union.
The draft declaration will be presented to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, the sixtieth anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It is the first time the Assembly will deal with gay and lesbian rights.
According to Human Rights activist Peter Tatchell, only three African countries – Gabon, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau – have signed on to the document.
South Africa, which boasts the most gay-friendly legislation on the continent, has reportedly not yet agreed to support the initiative.
A recent Human Sciences Research Council survey claims that 80% of South Africans believe that homosexuality is wrong.
The US and Australia are among the democratic nations that have declined to support the declaration, says Tatchell. The Vatican and the Organisation of Islamic States are, unsurprisingly, vocally opposed to the initiative.
Homosexuality is illegal in 86 countries around the world. Lesbians and gays face the death penalty in at least seven nations.