83 countries urge end to violence against sexual orientation

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More than 80 countries on Tuesday signed a joint declaration that urged the international community to end violence based on sexual orientation or homosexuality.

"We call on states to take steps to end acts of violence, criminal sanctions and related human rights violations committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation or gender identity," said the declaration.

The declaration, signed by 83 countries, was presented at the UN Human Rights Council which is meeting until March 25.

French ambassador Jean-Baptiste Mattei welcomed the move, saying it "marked an important step" in ending discrimination of homosexuality.

© 2011 AFP

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  • Putt posted:

    on 23rd March 2011, 12:43:43 - Reply

    This is a positive and progressive move by the international community and I can only hope that other nations who pride themselves for being homophobic will soon join this platform. Discrimination and abuse against another human being must not be tolerated in such a progressive world. We have come too far today to continue living as if we are still living in the dark ages.