SAMOA CABINET: DROP LIBEL LAW, ALLOW FEMALE IMPERSONATION


SAMOA CABINET: DROP LIBEL LAW, ALLOW FEMALE IMPERSONATION


Says sodomy and adultery must remain illegal

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 20, 2011) – The Samoa government has endorsed a recommendation by the Law Reform Commission that the criminal libel offence be dropped but it has rejected recommendations that it abolish offences such as adultery and sodomy.

Samoa is presently considering major reforms of its 50-year-old Crimes Act.

An official at the Commission office says the cabinet also backs the removal of the impersonation of a female from the amended statute –something the local Fa’afafine Association had pushed for in its submission.

A government source says adultery and sodomy will be maintained in the new criminal law because such acts are not acceptable in a Christian country.

[PIR editor’s note: Earlier in May 2011, the Samoa Fa’afafine Association submitted a proposal to

decriminalize and amend laws against sodomy, indecent acts between males, and female impersonation. According to Association spokespersons, many fa’afafines do not know that wearing women’s clothing is punishable with a two-year sentence. Representatives also said that issues of sexuality are not state business, so long as the activity is consensual. Current standing laws have been criticized as infringing on human rights and ignorant of changing attitudes.]

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