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Bill Would Condemn International LGBT Human Rights Violation, November 20, 2003

By Paul Johnson, Newscenter, Washington Bureau Chief

Washington, D.C.—A bipartisan resolution has been introduced in the House to condemn international human rights violations committed against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

“In at least 80 countries, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are singled out under enforceable laws that often result in inhumane punishment, including imprisonment, torture and even execution,” said Winnie Stachelberg, the Human Rights Campaign’s political director.

“No human being, regardless of their gender identity, gender expression or their sexual orientation, should be subject to such cruel treatment. This resolution would condemn these vicious forms of discrimination and violence.”

In 1948 the United Nations passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which guarantees every human with the fundamental right to life, liberty and security of person, and that every human should be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Nevertheless, a number of countries, including Zambia and Zimbabwe, routinely threaten and assault GLBT individuals for their sexuality and the advocacy of equal rights. In Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania and Iran, GLBT people face possible execution for adult, consensual same-sex relations.

The resolution, introduced by Reps. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., and Christopher Shays, R-Conn., condemns all violations of international recognized human rights norms based on the real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of an individual.

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