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UN Votes on Rights for Gays

The Mirror, April 21, 2003
One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AP England

By Graham Brough

The United Nations is to vote on full human rights worldwide for homosexuals in defiance of countries where gay acts still carry the death penalty.

The landmark vote will take place on Wednesday when the UN Human Rights Commission meets in Geneva.

Briton’s gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said: “It is a historic milestone in the worldwide struggle for gay equality.

“All previous attempts to table UN resolutions on gay human rights have been blocked by homophobic governments.

“This will begin to challenge the discrimination and violence that blights the lives of hundreds of millions of lesbians, gays and bisexuals worldwide.”

More than 70 countries ban homosexuality. Seven punish it by death—Chechnya, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen. Others jail or flog gays.

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