Monday, 03 September 2012 21:11
The first of its kind, lawsuit aims to pressure legalization.
Chile’s Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (Movilh) announced its lawsuit Monday
against the Chilean state over the prohibition of same sex marriages in the country.
The lawsuit, which Movilh says is the first of its kind, was presented to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. The lawsuit claims Chile violated several parts of the American Convention of Human Rights, which obliges its states to “respect every recognized right and liberty” in the mentioned text “and to guarantee them to every person subject to its jurisdiction, without any discrimination.”
“This is an unprecedented lawsuit,” Alberto Roa, General Secretary of Movilh, told The Santiago Times. “The best case scenario for us is that the commission obliges the state to allow same-sex marriage. In the worst case scenario, it would begin to pressure the state into legalizing it, which is also a good scenario for us.”
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Sumy is studying at Westminster University, in London, UK. Having lived all over the world has sparked a strong interest in international journalism, with a particular passion for South America. She has written for music and travel magazines, but her main goal is to report on current affairs, both foreign and national.