Chair of LI LGBTI Rights working group slams President Morales suppression of basic human rights

Chair of LI LGBTI Rights Working Group Frank Van Dalen has slammed Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales’ latest move to curb the rights of women and the LGBTI minority in the country by pushing for the adoption of the Life and Family Protection Bill.

The bill expands the criminalization of abortion and could subject women who have miscarriages to prosecution – or at least to questioning by law enforcement authorities. It also includes definitions of “family” and “sexual diversity” that are openly discriminatory and run counter to basic rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

Calling on Guatemalan legislators to reject the bill, Frank van Dalen, Chair of Liberal International’s LGBTI-Workgroup, has condemned it as undermining for the rights of women and LGBT people in the country. “Instead of adopting a law further discriminating women and LGBTI-people and fuelling religious -based hatred, Guatemalan legislators should create equal rights for all and stop cherry-picking on international human rights legislation which is binding for Guatemala” he said.

 

“Instead of adopting a law further discriminating women and LGBTI-people and fuelling religious -based hatred, Guatemalan legislators should create equal rights for all and stop cherry-picking on international human rights legislation which is binding for Guatemala”

The proposed legislation has been approved twice by Congress and needs a third approval, in addition to a final approval of each individual article, before being sent to the president and signed into law. Earlier this year the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled in support of same-sex marriage, which is also binding on Guatemala.

The move to push through the discriminatory Life and Family Protection Bill follows an announcement from President Morales that he is due to expel the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) on the grounds of internal interference as the Commission has been investigating corruption in his country.

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