Nicaragua: Legislative Assembly Decriminalizes Sodomy

GREAT NEWS FROM NICARAGUA! SODOMY LAW REPEALED!

Great news from Nicaragua – the Legislative Assembly just passed a new version of the penal code without the sodomy prohibition; in other words, they’ve just decriminalized sodomy in Nicaragua!

The new penal code should come into effect in March next year. Here’s one report in English about the reform:
http://blabbeando.blogspot.com/2007/11/nicaragua-sodomy-statute-disappears.html
So well-done to everyone who organized protests, visited the Nicaraguan ambassadors and sent letters over these last two years. We’ll never know how much effect all these campaigns actually had, but at least the final result is what we wanted; another domino down in the long campaign to decriminalize sodomy around the world.
This also means that Latin America is now pretty much free of sodomy laws, although it seems there are still some dormant sodomy laws on the books in a couple of Latin American countries as far as we can tell.
The one disappointing element in all this is that, despite the victory for LGBT rights, the new Nicaraguan Penal Code maintains a total ban on abortion.
Well, it’s a great joy to deliver good news for once! Congratulations again to everyone for a sustained, timely and ultimately effective campaign. I think champagne could be in order!
Tony Pitman
Amnesty International Mexico




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