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17. Mai 2005

Tag gegen Homosexuellenfeindlichkeit

Lesben- und Schwulenverband ruft zu Protestaktion auf


Zum heutigen "Inter­natio­nal Day Against Homophobia" erklärt  Philipp Braun, Sprecher des Lesben- und Schwulenverbandes (LSVD):

 

Der Lesben- und Schwulenverband (LSVD) unterstützt den heutigen "Inter­natio­nal Day Against Homophobia". Mit dem Aktionstag, der unter anderem von der International Gay and Lesbian Association (ILGA) organisiert wurde, wird in über 30 Ländern gegen Homosexuellenfeindlichkeit protestiert.

 

Homosexuellenfeindlichkeit ist ein weltweites Problem. Deswegen ist es wichtig, international gegen Homophobie und für die Gleichstellung von Lesben und Schwulen vorzugehen. Darum geht es beim "International Day Against Homophobia". Ziel ist es, Staaten, die Homosexuelle verfolgen, international zu isolieren und zu ächten. Homosexualität ist noch in rund 70 Ländern strafbar, in sieben Ländern droht Homosexuellen die Todesstrafe.

 

Ein aktuelles Beispiel ist ein Fall aus Saudi-Arabien, wo Ende April 35 Männer verurteilt wurden, weil sie im März in Jeddah an einer schwulen Hochzeit teilgenommen hatten. Vier der Männer wurden zu zwei Jahren Gefängnis und 2000 Peitschenhieben verurteilt, die restlichen 31 Männer zu Freiheitsstrafen zwischen sechs Monaten und einem Jahr und zu 200 Peitschenhieben.

 

Der LSVD ruft dazu auf, eine Aktion von Amnesty International zu unterstützen und Protestbriefe an den saudi-arabischen Außen-, den Innen- und den Justizminister zu schreiben (siehe unten).

 

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Aufruf von Amnesty International:

 

SAUDI ARABIA

 

At least 35 men

 

At least 35 men are to be flogged after they attended a "gay wedding" in Jeddah in March, according to an Agence France Presse (AFP) report. The men may be prisoners of conscience, punished solely for their sexual orientation.

 

Four of the men (two Saudi Arabians, a Jordanian and a Yemeni) were sentenced by a court in Jeddah to 2000 lashes and two years' imprisonment, and 31 others to 200 lashes and six months to one year in prison. The report did not give any names or any further information as to the identity of the 35. The information was apparently provided by a source close to one of the defendants.

 

Amnesty International has written to the Minister of the Interior seeking clarification of the report, expressing concern that the men have apparently been sentenced to flogging, and appealing for any such sentences to be commuted.

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION Flogging is mandatory in Saudi Arabia for a number of offences, including sexual offences, and can also be used at the discretion of judges as an alternative or addition to other punishments. Sentences can range from dozens to thousands of lashes, and are usually administered 30 or 50 lashes at a time, at intervals ranging from two weeks to one month.

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in English or your own language:

- expressing concern at the AFP report that 35 men are to be flogged, and, if it is true, calling for the sentences to be commuted regardless of the offence for which they have been handed down;

- expressing concern that the men appear to have been punished solely for their sexual orientation, and stating that, if so, they are prisoners of conscience, and should be released immediately and unconditionally;

- asking for details of the exact charges against the 35 men, together with details of any trial proceedings and the evidence against them;

- stating that you consider the use of flogging as punishment to be cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment amounting to torture, contrary to Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states: "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."

 

APPEALS TO(Time difference = GMT + 3 hrs / BST + 2 hrs):

 

 

Minister of the Interior

His Royal Highness Prince Naif bin 'Abdul 'Aziz, Minister of the Interior, Ministry of the Interior, P.O. Box 2933, Airport Road, Riyadh 11134, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Fax:                         00 966 1 403 1185 (it may be difficult to get through, please keep trying)

[Salutation:                Your Royal Highness]

 

 

Minister of Justice

His Excellency Dr. 'Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al-Sheikh Minister of Justice, Ministry of Justice, University Street, Riyadh 11137, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Fax:                         00 966 1 401 1741

[Salutation:                Your Excellency]

 

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs

His Royal Highness Prince Saud al-Faisal bin 'Abdul 'Aziz Al-Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nasseriya Street, Riyadh 11124, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Fax:                         00 966 1 403 0159 (it may be difficult to get through, please keep trying)

[Salutation:                Your Royal Highness]

 

 

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Please do not send appeals after 8 June 2005.