[Ameri-Advocate] WORLD: Amnesty International demands equal rights and dignity
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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 forlesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people
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>* News Release Issued by the International Secretariat of Amnesty
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
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
"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
- 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.
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.
Amnesty International, International Secretariat, 1 Easton Street,
WC1X 8DJ, London, United Kingdom
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