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Woman Jailed for Being Lesbian, January 5, 2004

By Newscenter Staff

Honiara, Solomon Islands—A Solomon Islands woman has been jailed on charges she is a lesbian. At a court appearance she was denied bail.

The charges include “committing an indecent practice, having sex with a person of the same gender.”

Magistrate Jefferson Leua said the offence was a serious ordered her held behind bars to “ensure there is no interference with witnesses.”

The woman’s name is being withheld. She is described as a middle-aged, divorced mother.

The case is being monitored by the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR).

“We should be trying to comply with international standards, and clearly some things have been happening here that do not,” said Ashley Wickham, the head of the UNHCR’s Honiara Office.

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