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Gay sex finally decriminalised in all of Europe
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Gay sex finally decriminalised in all of Europe

ISTANBUL — Turkish Cypriot-managed northern Cyprus yesterday (Jan 27) turned the final territory in Europe to decriminalise sexual relations between consenting, grownup males.

Its parliament voted to abolish the legal code provisions that carried 5 yr jail sentences. Same-intercourse relationships between ladies weren’t talked about within the code.

“We decriminalised homosexuality however we additionally modified that entire part (of the code) to modernise legal guidelines defending human rights,” lawmaker Bogus Derya informed Reuters, talking from Nicosia, which the Turkish Cypriot inhabitants calls Lefkosa.

The president of northern Cyprus, Mr Dervis Eroglu, now has 15 days to signal the invoice into regulation.

“It’s been lengthy overdue and I’m happy that following conversations with Mr Dervis Eroglu, he has promised to signal the invoice into regulation,” stated Ms Marina Yannakoudakis, a British member of the European Parliament who has campaigned for the change.

Her workplace stated the final time it was conscious that somebody was arrested underneath the regulation was in February 2012.

“I haven’t stopped campaigning. There are nonetheless round forty nations within the Commonwealth the place homosexuality is unlawful and a few nations are shifting backwards,” she stated.

In December the Supreme Court on India, the world’s largest democracy, threw out a 2009 ruling by a decrease courtroom that had decriminalised homosexual intercourse.

The ban on homosexuality, outlined as having “carnal information towards the order of nature”, was a remnant from the times when Cyprus was beneath British colonial rule. The island turned unbiased in 1960 and within the subsequent acrimonious cut up of the Greek and Turkish sides 14 years later each stored it on their statute books.

Greek Cypriots decriminalised homosexuality amid strain from the European Union within the Nineteen Nineties. The solely nation to recognise the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is Turkey.

“We welcome in the present day’s vote and may lastly name Europe a continent utterly free from legal guidelines criminalising homosexuality,” stated Mr Paulo Corte-Real from the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, a rights advocacy group.

Cyprus has been divided into the Greek and Turkish elements since 1974 when Turkey invaded the north in response to a Greek Cypriot coup.

SOURCE: REUTERS

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