By Junior Mayema,
Brazil being among the deadliest countries to be gay in the world this is a huge step forward in combatting homophobia in the South American country :
South Africa were i was transiting in order to get here has been trying to pass a bill to specifically become a law on hate crimes targeting LGBT people in a country that promises a lot in its constitution but where hate crimes against LGBT people remain rife and socially acceptable as honor killings and corrective rapes :
Having presidents pushing for these laws, including the United Nations opposing the criminalization of being gay will have a huge impact in countries where being gay is death sentence here is what the Brazilian President say about this :
Despite objections from Evangelical Christian groups, Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff is looking to make homophobia a hate crime on par with racism and violence against women.
Newly re-elected Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff is looking to pass a law that makes homophobia a hate crime, despite Evangelical Christian leaders who are influential with the electorate and in the Congress opposing such a move.
The Brazilian law called the Maria da Penha makes violence against women a crime. President Rouseff has said she would like to create a similar law against homophobia.
A similar proposal has been stuck in the Senate for the past eight years, a situation that Brazilian LGBTI groups see as disastrous for lesbian and gay rights. They are looking to have homophobia be legally on equal standing with the crime of racism.
According to the Gay Group of Bahia, at least 312 Brazilian gays, lesbians and transgender people were killed in 2013, which represents one murder every 28 hours. Almost all of these murders were hate crimes.
However, the figure represents a decrease of 7.7 percent compared to 2012.
The government is also looking to pass a law requiring the investigation of deathsresulting from police actions. According to the Brazilian Forum of Public Security,between 2009 and 2013 the Brazilian police killed on average six people a day.
And this is the latest news from the United Nations:
UNITED Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has accused India of fomenting intolerance with its ban on gay sex amid uproar over a ruling party minister’s plans to make homosexuals “normal”.
Speaking on a visit to the capital New Delhi, Ban said he “staunchly opposed the criminalisation of homosexuality” referring to India’s colonial-era law that prohibits gay sex.
“I am proud to stand for the equality of all people — including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender,” the UN secretary general said in a statement late Monday.
“I speak out because laws criminalising consensual, adult same-sex relationships violate basic rights to privacy and to freedom from discrimination. Even if they are not enforced, these laws breed intolerance.”
India’s Supreme Court reimposed a ban on gay sex in late 2013, ruling that the responsibility for changing the 1861 law rested with lawmakers and not judges.
Gay sex had been effectively legalised in 2009 when the Delhi High Court ruled that banning “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” was a violation of fundamental rights.
Ban’s comments came on the same day that a state minister from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party announced his plans to make gays “normal” in the coastal resort state of Goa.
Ramesh Tawadkar, sports and youth affairs minister in Goa’s state government, told reporters that he planned to open up centres on the lines of Alcoholics Anonymous to treat them.
“We will make them normal. We will have centres for them, like Alcoholic Anonymous centres,” Tawadkar said, adding that the state would “train them and give them medicines too”.
Tawadkar, a member of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), made the comments after releasing the state’s policy on youth issues which listed lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders as a stigmatised group that needed attention.
His comments drew widespread criticism and ridicule from gay rights groups and social media with jeering remarks posted on Twitter.
“There has to be someone from the higher authorities… from the BJP who will have to speak up on this because when you are silent about someone making such an irresponsible statement you are actually admitting it,” Harish Iyer, a gay rights activist, told NDTV news channel.