Monday, September 17, 2007

"Taipei gays protest Nicaragua homophobia"

Gay activists in Taipei protested outside the Nicaraguan embassy in their city Thursday as part of an international campaign against the Latin American country's sodomy law.
The campaign, helmed by Amnesty International Mexico, calls on 10 groups around the world to fight homophobia, encouraged by the Catholic Church's steady stronghold.
Emily Wu, an Amnesty International Taiwan member, told the Taipei Times that Nicaragua is the only Latin American country with a law that prohibits sex between people of the same sex.
"That is not only a violation of the Nicaraguan Constitution, but also of international human rights," Wu said.
Nicaragua enacted an anti-sodomy law in 1992, stating that "anyone who induces, promotes, propagandizes or practices sexual intercourse between persons of the same sex commits the crime of sodomy and shall incur one to three years' imprisonment." (The Advocate)

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