Chile's Congress approves most of hate crime law

doctorwho_guru.†=♡ 2012/04/06 00:58:22

Chile's Congress has approved most of an anti-discrimination law, a week after a gay man died as a result of an attack by suspected neo-Nazis.

The Chamber of Deputies voted 58 to 56 in favour of the legislation, which was first proposed seven years ago.

But several clauses still need to be finalised, meaning the bill now goes to a joint Chamber-Senate committee.

The brutal assault on Daniel Zamudio sparked outrage and a fresh debate about hate crimes in Chile.

In the wake of Mr Zamudio's death, the government pledged to increase efforts to pass the anti-discrimination law.

The bill would make it a crime to discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, appearance or handicap.

There has been opposition from some Churches, which argue the law could be the first step towards gay marriage.

During Wednesday's session, the lower house held a minute's silence in memory of Mr Zamudio.

After fours of debate, deputies voted in favour of most of the law but rejected several clauses proposed by the Senate, which approved the law last November.

The text now goes to a House-Senate committee to produce a final version.

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