Wednesday, 23 March 2011 15:24

83 Countries Against Violence Based On Sexual Orientation

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Tuesday, 83 countries signed a resolution exhorting the international community to stop the violations of the Human Rights based on sexual orientation.

We can notice that 6 African countries also signed this resolution: South Africa, Guinea-Bissau, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Seychelles and Sierra Leone. We know that in Africa homosexuality is not always legal so it is a great step, hoping that this declaration will be respected in these countries of course.

Rwanda was one of the countries who didn't support this resolution in 2008 with United-States, Thailand, El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic who decided to signed it this year.

Russia, China, several Islamic countries and the Vatican are still opposed to it.

"We are very concerned that individuals continue to be killed, arrested and harassed around the world because of their sexual orientation or gender identity," said Suzanne Nossel, deputy assistant secretary of state for international organizations. "This statement sends a strong message from across the globe that such abuses should not be tolerated."

Jean-Baptiste Mattéi, french U.N. ambassador said that "France welcomes these good progresses for the de-penalization of homosexuality. This resolution, supported by countries belonging to all the regions, including Africa, marks a big step."

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