France: Louis-George Tin Begins Hunger Strike
The president of IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia), Louis-George Tin, has announced the beginning of a hunger strike to protest “against the homophobia and the shameful inaction of the [French] government.” With this strike, Tin hopes to draw attention the new French government’s failure to bring a new resolution to the United Nations calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality.
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In a communiqué, Louis-George Tin specified that he “evidently supports the equal rights” promised by the newly elected socialist government of François Hollande. He added though: “I cannot abandon homosexuals who are being imprisoned under the pretext that now I can finally get married.” Two other members of IDAHO, Alexandre Marcela nd Usaam Mukwaya, will be joining him in the hunger strike. Homosexuality is still considered a criminal offence in 80 countries and carries the death penalty in 7 of those countries.
The president of IDAHO says that he met with new French President François Hollande shortly after his election to ask him to bring the resolution in favour of the decriminalisation of homosexuality to the United Nations. This promise was not kept by the previous government, who nonetheless made a declaration in December 2008, whose symbolic weight was much less significant than a resolution.
“However,” Louis-George Tin laments, “for the past six weeks, it would seem that the team surrounding the president at the Elysée, at Matignon and at the Quai d’Orsay, keep putting off something that is incredibly urgent.” He says that it is imperative to act while the Obama administration, which supports a resolution, is still in power, as the Republicans are unlikely to support a resolution, if Mitt Romney is elected in November.
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