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.

Comments

  1. TampaZekex says

    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.

  2. Outward projection of one's own elbows says

    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).

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