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Petition to UN for resolution to decriminalize Homosexuality. November 17, 2006 7:16 PM

Petition To UN For Resolution To Decriminalize Homosexuality Goes On-Line 11.17.06 A petition calling for UN Resolution to decriminalize homosexuality world-wide went on-line Friday (November 17). It is being coordinated by the international anti-homophobia group IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia). The petition, IDAHO’s UK coordinator Derek Lennard said Thursday, has already got the support – and signatures – of hundreds of well-known personalities ranging from former Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu to Hollywood star Meryl Streep and pop legend David Bowie. Among the politicians already signed-up are Michel Cashman, the president of the European Parliament’s ‘intergroup’ on gay and lesbian rights, and Bertrand Delanoë, the openly gay mayor of Paris. And leading the diplomats is Thomas Hammarberg, the Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. “Once enough people have signed the petition, the wording and the timing of the resolution will be decided in consultation with the International Lesbian and Gay Association,” Leonard said.” “It is planned to present the petition to the United Nations Council of Human Rights – and the hope is that South Africa will present the petition,” he added. IDAHO is the ‘brainchild’ of Frenchman Louis-Georges Tin and the first ‘day’ was held on May 17, 2005. Belgium was the first country to recognize IDAHO, and this year the ad hoc group received the backing of the European Parliament. Tin has purposely kept the idea of IDAHO simple – there is no bureaucracy, just national coordinators in a host of countries world-wide. The petition is on-line on the IDAHO website at .  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Thank You, Benoit P.! November 19, 2006 8:21 AM

Here's a link to the petition -  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Thanks! November 20, 2006 4:24 AM

Thanks for posting Benny, and thank you Rebecca for posting the link to the petition!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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