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[Ameri-Advocate] WORLD: Amnesty International demands equal rights and dignity

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  • Claudia K. White
    From: H.F.C. Buma Date: Sat Jul 1, 2000 8:45am Subject: FW: WORLD: Amnesty International demands equal rights and dignity for lesbian,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2000
      From: H.F.C. Buma <hfcbuma@...>
      Date: Sat Jul 1, 2000 8:45am
      Subject: FW: WORLD: Amnesty International demands equal rights and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people


      > ** Original Subject: WORLD: Amnesty International demands equal rights and dignity for
      lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people

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      > ** Original Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2000 15:17:33 +0200
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      >* News Release Issued by the International Secretariat of Amnesty
      International *
      29 June 2000
      AI Index ACT 79/002/2000
      News Service Nr. 127
      Rome 2 July 2000
      Amnesty International demands equal rights and dignity for lesbian, gay,
      bisexual and transgendered people
      Lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgenderd people around the world are
      still often not recognized as "equal in dignity and rights" and continue
      facing repression and harassment, Amnesty International said today. The
      organization's Italian Section and LGBT Network are organizing an
      "International LGBT Human Rights Rally and Press Conference" to be held
      in Rome on 2 July on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and
      transgendered people.
      In countries as diverse as Argentina and Malaysia, Brazil and Romania,
      Austria and Venezuela, Australia and Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom
      and Zimbabwe, and many more, people are persecuted, discriminated
      against, arrested, tortured and even killed for their sexual
      orientation.
      "The rights to freely determine one's sexual orientation -- a
      fundamental aspect of the human personality -- and to express it without
      fear are human rights in the fullest sense," Amnesty International said.
      "The struggle of gay people for equality is a struggle for human rights,
      and as such it must be supported at any time," the organization added.
      The Rome event will comprise:
      - International press conference, 2 July, 11 a.m., Campidoglio (Mayor's
      office) -- speakers include: Marco de Ponte, Vice president Amnesty
      International Italy; Katia Bellillo, Italian Minister of Equal
      Opportunities; Patricia Lambert, Special Delegate from the Minister of
      Health of South Africa; Ms Lousewies van der Laan, Member of European
      Parliament.
      - International LGBT Human Rights Rally, 2 July, 18.30, Circo Massimo --
      Joint welcome by Amnesty International Italy and World Pride 2000;
      speeches by the above speakers
      As World Pride 2000 takes place in Europe, Amnesty International draws
      special attention to LGBT human rights in Europe, where the
      organization's main human LGBT concerns lie with Eastern Europe,
      Romania, Cyprus, and Austria. During the whole World Pride week, a
      special petition signing action on the age of consent in Austria will be
      held in the World Pride Village and the streets of Rome.
      Background
      Article 209 of the Austrian penal code violates the Austrian
      Government's obligations under international law to guarantee equal
      treatment and non-discrimination for all individuals in the enjoyment of
      human rights. Article 209 states: 'A man over 19 years of age who
      engages in same-sex lewdness with a person who has attained the age of
      14 but not yet the age of 18 shall be punished with imprisonment from
      six months to five years'. Sexual relations between men are not
      punishable if both partners are between the ages of 14 and 19. However,
      the organization is concerned that gay men over the age of 19 engaged in
      consensual sexual relations with other males under the age of 18 face
      imprisonment. Similar punishments do not exist for identical lesbian or
      heterosexual contacts. All petition lists will be offered to the
      Austrian Government after July 15, 2000.
      Pride events in Europe, the United States and Australia, as well as in
      South Africa, have become the celebration of of lesbian, gay, bisexual
      and transgender culture in the nineties, often assembling hundreds of
      thousands of visitors. 'Stonewall riots' in New York on 27 June 1969,
      sparked off a second world-wide lgbt liberation movement. Pride events
      are tranditionally also an important forum to focus on LGBT human
      rights. World Pride 2000, being the largest Pride event in the year
      2000, offers the right forum for LGBT human rights defenders from South
      America, Africa and Europe in the spotlight.
      Amnesty International's "International Lesbian Gay, Bisexual and
      Transgender Network" presently comprises approximately 27 national
      Amnesty Sections and structures in the same number of countries around
      the world. The number of international LGBT human rights actions
      initiated by the organization is rapidly increasing and LGBT human
      rights concerns form an integral part of Amnesty International's general
      human rights work since 1991.
      ENDS.../
      Amnesty International, International Secretariat, 1 Easton Street,
      WC1X 8DJ, London, United Kingdom
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