new generation of hate:: hate is a global issue
|Being punished for being homosexual|
|new generation of hate||
Laws outlawing homosexual relations exist on all continents. At least 70 countries have entered the 21st century with laws prohibiting same-sex relations, according to Amnesty International records.
In some countries, consensual sex between adults of the same sex is outlawed as sodomy, crimes against nature or unnatural acts. In others, vague phrases such as immoral acts or public scandal are used to criminalize different expressions of homosexual identity.
Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for human rights. It works toward the observance of all human rights and it aims to educate and push for the ratification and implementation of human rights treaties.
This is one of many reports received by Amnesty International. Most reports are anecdotal and anonymous because individuals fear reprisals if they complain, according to reports.
In Jamaica, consensual sex between men remains punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment with hard labor and is considered buggery – anal intercourse between a man and a woman, or between two men, according to Sodomy Laws Around the World’s Web site.
Ibrahim went on trial in 1999 on charges of sodomy. In August 2000, he was found guilty and sentenced to nine years in prison, according to Amnesty International. Appeals still are pending.
In the Malaysian Penal Code, “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” is punishable by up to 20 years’ imprisonment and whipping, according to Sodomy Laws Around the World’s Web site.
“Flogging? You mean someone is going to cane the gayness out of me?” said Carlos Obarrio, an international business student at Florida International University in Miami. “How exactly does that work?”
Malaysia is not the only country where corporal punishment can be applied by law as a sanction for same-sex relations. In April 2000, The Associated Press reported that a Saudi Arabian court had sentenced nine young men to prison sentenced and up to 2,600 lashed each for “deviant sexual behavior,” apparently because of their sexual identity, according to an Amnesty International report (pdf).