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Northern Cyprus becomes last in Europe to decriminalize homosexuality

Monday, January 27, 2014

Northern Cyprus has voted to repeal a colonial era ban prohibiting gay sex, a move that makes Europe the third continent in the world with no laws criminalizing homosexuality.

northern-cyprusTurkish Cypriot deputies passed an amendment on Monday repealing a colonial-era law that punished homosexual acts with up to five years in prison, reported The Guardian.

The change still has to be endorsed by the republic’s president, Derviş Eroğlu, who is expected to support the reform.

Once enacted, the new law will mean that no states in Europe, North America, or Australasia (comprising Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea) criminalize homosexuality.

“These pernicious anti-gay laws, which protect no one and cause deep distress and harm to gay and lesbian people, still exist in 82 legal jurisdictions. But that is one fewer than yesterday, and this we must celebrate,” said Jonathan Cooper, chief executive of the London-based Human Dignity Trust.

The Trust had sought legal action in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg against Northern Cyprus for its laws against homosexuality.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. Good!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:14pm
  2. Northern Cyprus is not a recognised European state, (the island of) Cyprus is. If you read The Guardian article, they carefully use “jurisdiction” and “breakaway republic” to describe Northern Cyprus.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:17pm
  3. ‘festina lente’

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:17pm
  4. I am Turkish Cypriot and im proud. Some people are still jealous but oh well get over it. Cyprus is divided and theres 2 different government.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:34pm
  5. Welcome aboard Northern Cyprus!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:38pm
  6. Well any place on earth that does not protect gay people are just a crap place… plain and simple….

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:51pm
  7. Amen.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 4:58pm
  8. great d]stuff

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 5:33pm
  9. Um, how is Russia not a European state?

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 6:16pm
  10. Took ‘em long enough.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 6:46pm
  11. Russia is both in Europe and Asia but most of the country is in Asia. Most of the population lives in the Europe part.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 6:53pm
  12. This isn’t part of Europe! It’s an illegal occupation! Nothing more! Turkey should be barred from Europe for as long as they occupy Cyprus.

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:25pm
  13. I though that Russia was still part of Europe ?

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:32pm
  14. There are still 75 countries where it is illegal to be gay/lesbian. Shame!

    Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:45pm