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ILGA-Europe demands Italian gay rights law

ILGA-Europe demands Italian gay rights law

Gay rights group ILGA-Europe has written to the Italian government to denounce ‘the high level of homophobia’ in the country and demand a new law against homophobia.

The international LGBT association has sent a letter to the Italian prime minister Mario Monti, to the presidents of the two parliamentary chambers and to the leader of OSCAD, the organization in charge of monitoring discrimination in Italy.

ILGA-Europe’s move comes after the recent episodes of homophobia in Rome, where a gay activist, Guido Allegrezza, was beaten, and where other LGBT people have been assaulted.

According to ILGA-Europe: ‘Italy must respect the international and European laws, and the propositions of the European Court of Human Rights.’

Italy doesn’t have any law against homophobia, while 16 other European countries protect LGBT people with bills against gay hate.

ILGA-Europe, with its letter, asked for the extension of the 1993 Mancino law, which protects Italians against racial, ethnic and religious discrimination. ‘It must include also homophobia and gay hate,’ the association wrote.

Italian Radical Party has promptly supported ILGA-Europe’s move. A party spokesman told Gay Star News: ‘We thank ILGA-Europe and we ask our politicians to act as soon as possible.

‘We can not wait for ever for a law against homophobia. Italy must respect laws and sentences coming from the European headquarters.’