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ILGA publishes 2010 report on State sponsored homophobia throughout the world

in WORLD, 17/05/2010

ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association publishes the 4rth edition of its report and maps on State Sponsored Homophobia based on research by Daniel Ottosson.

1/6 of the LGBTI world population freer, thanks to India.

ILGA publishes 2010 report on State sponsored homophobia throughout the world on occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia.

But 76 countries around the world still consider homosexuality illegal, five of them punish homosexual acts with death.

 

ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association publishes the 4rth edition of its report and maps on State Sponsored Homophobia based on research by Daniel Ottosson. The report is a collection of legislation criminalising consensual sexual acts between persons of the same sex in private over the age of consent*. In addition to a world map, this year, ILGA also proposes maps on laws affecting gays and lesbians in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Gloria Careaga, co-secretary general of ILGA:

“Compared to last year's report, where we listed the 77 countries prosecuting people on ground of their sexual orientation, this year you will find “only” 76 in the same list, including the infamous 5 which put people to death for their sexual orientation: Iran, Mauritania, Sauda Arabia, Sudan and Yemen (plus some parts of Nigeria and Somalia). One country less compared to the 2009 list may seem little progress, until one realizes that it hosts one sixth of the human population, as the country in question is India.”

Renato Sabbadini, Co-secretary general of ILGA:

“Naming and shaming homophobic countries is essential but it is also important to recognise countries where progress is being made. For this year we are happy to see the Federal District of Mexico City and Argentina joining the community of states and local authorities recognising equal marriage rights to same-sex couples – an example of genuine inclusiveness, which will set the standard for many to follow.”

With this report, ILGA, a world-wide network of national and local groups, with more than 700 member organizations from every continent and representing 110 countries, dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, wants to name and shame the States which at the end of the first decade of the 21st century still treat their LGBTI citizens like lesser persons, unworthy of consideration. The unworthiness rests entirely on these States, for theirs is the shame of depriving a significant number of their citizens of dignity, respect and the enjoyment of equal rights.

* Laws relating to such acts in public, with under aged persons, by force or by any other reason are not included. Nor does it include countries where such acts are legal.

 

ILGA is the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.
It is a world-wide network of national and local groups dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people everywhere. Founded in 1978, it now has more than 700 member organizations. Every continent and approximately 110 countries are represented. ILGA is to this day the only international non-governmental community-based association focused on fighting discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity as a global issue.

For more information on State Sponsored Homophobia and legislations affecting LGBTI people, ILGA’s activities around the world and at the United Nations please contact: Stephen Barris / ILGA: +32 2 502 24 71

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