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UN Official Urges Chile to Adopt Tougher Laws Protecting LGBT People After Brutal Murder of Daniel Zamudio

The UN is calling on Chile to strengthen protections against LGBT People following the death earlier this week of Daniel Zamudio, who had been in a coma since being beaten, slashed, burned and branded with a Swastika by a gang of neo-Nazis.

Daniel_zamudioThe AP reports:

Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, says the “particularly abhorrent murder” of 24-year-old Daniel Zamudio, who died Tuesday night, 25 days after he was attacked, demands news laws against discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Colville told reporters in Geneva on Friday that Chilean lawmakers also should enact hate crime legislation allowing violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity to be added as “an aggravating factor” in prosecutions.

Earlier this week, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said the government wouldn't rest until such laws are passed.

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  1. Cool post. I really like it.

    Posted by: kpwriting | Mar 30, 2012 9:28:18 AM


  2. I support hate crimes laws and sentencing enhancements (which I think should include rehabilitation programs) but, let's get real here, it's a bit like shutting the barn door after all the cows have gotten out. Addressing homophobia after the fact is not the most effective way to stop hate crimes. Chile, the UN, the US and the rest of the world need to put more time, effort and energy into addressing homophobia BEFORE the hate crime occurs; thus reducing and eventually eliminating them altogether.

    Posted by: TampaZekex | Mar 30, 2012 9:50:48 AM


  3. Practically all the opposition to such laws comes from the very parties that are backing Piñera. He is a centrist in a right/ultra-right coalition with many ultra-conservatives (really, Santorum-like).

    Posted by: Outward projection of one's own elbows | Mar 30, 2012 10:01:14 AM


  4. Daniel Zamudio did not die in vain.
    With this news, may his family find
    peace with Daniel's passing.

    Daniel Zamudio = the Face of Love

    Posted by: Marcito | Mar 30, 2012 11:36:48 AM


  5. It's a news to me that Chile doesn't have laws that punish beating, slashing, burning and branding anyone with a Swastika.

    Posted by: AG | Mar 30, 2012 12:04:01 PM


  6. You know what would be crazy? If all people were treated like people and didn't need to ask to be treated fairly!

    Posted by: Garst | Mar 31, 2012 11:27:58 PM


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