Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Seven sentenced to death to gays and lesbians

Homosexuality is punishable by death in a total of seven countries as denounced on Monday the State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals (FELGTB). To mark the International Day Against Homophobia, transphobia and biphobia held on Tuesday, the FELGTB denounced the attacks on activists in Africa and the Middle East.

As stated, maintaining relationships with a same sex is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Iran, Mauritania and Sudan. Of the 53 states of Africa 37 criminalizing homosexuality, he said, stressing that some would go beyond punishing the "promotion of practice." Such is the case of Uganda, whose bill "anti-gay" is currently on hold because of international pressure, and Malawi, where he has handled a hardening of the Penal Code for lesbians and bisexual women with sentences of up to five years prison.

In addition, the FELGTB reported any AIDS activist is accused of promoting homosexuality and may be punished in Africa. Therefore, the association XXX (FELGTB member) concentrations held in different cities to denounce the situation. The secretary of Social Movements and Relations with NGOs in the PSOE, Pedro Zerolo, claimed on Monday to the European Union and other international bodies to call on the countries where it pursues and punishes homosexuality to repeal that law.

In Afghanistan there is the death penalty in law but no longer applies. In his note, Zerolo further stated that "the PP shows his homophobia every day that passes without withdrawing its appeal against the gay marriage law." In this regard, he recalled the statements of Mariano Rajoy, who said he "would repeal the rule allowing marriage between same sex whatever the Constitutional Court ruling." "The PP is committed to maintaining inequality and eliminate rights won against a socialist government is firm on fighting discrimination of any kind," said Zerolo, who stressed the importance of Institutional Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia was approved last Friday by the Council of Ministers.

Similarly, the Socialist leader was concerned about "increasing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Europe" with the advent of conservative governments. "Examples cited to Italy, where violence against the population has increased considerably the passivity of the authorities, and Hungary, "where the right-wing government has expressly prohibited marriage between persons of the same sex," he said.

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