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Jan28

Northern Cyprus decriminalises gay sex

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 28 January 2014 16:11 Written by // Cec Busby

Northern Cyprus has decriminalised homosexuality. The decision, which comes 16 years after Southern Cyprus decriminalised gay sex now means Europe will join Australia and the US as the third continent where homosexuality is legal.

Currently, homosexuality is still illegal in 82 nations around the globe.

Jonathan Cooper, Chief Executive of the Human Dignity Trust, who were instrumental in bringing the case against Northern Cyprus before the court said in a statement: “This is a historic day for gay people in Europe and a major victory for human rights, equality and the Human Dignity Trust.

Cooper said the decision to finally decriminalise homosexuality meant the end to a shameful chapter in European history.

“Laws against private, consenting homosexual acts between adults criminalize someone’s very identity and have no place in the modern world. These pernicious anti-gay laws, which protect no one and cause deep distress and harm to gay and lesbian people, still exist in 82 legal jurisdictions. But that is one fewer than yesterday, and this we must celebrate.'

In 1981 a European Court ruling in the Dudgeon V UK case, saw the UK judged as in breach of the European Human Rights Conventions and ordered the abolition of the laws which criminalised gay sex. The ruling resulted in the UK becoming the first nation under the governance of the European Human Rights Convention to decriminalise homosexuality.

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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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