PARIS - An international petition calling "for the universal
decriminalization of homosexuality" was signed by five Nobel laureates and a
host of celebrities, organizer Louis-Georges Tin said.
"Seventy countries in the world
still make homosexuality a crime by law and punishable by death in twelve of
them," stated the document which was endorsed by Nobel prize winner Archbishop
Archbishop and Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu speaks
during a mass in Port-au-Prince, February 2006. An international petition
calling "for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality" was signed
by five Nobel laureates, including Tutu, and a host of celebrities,
organizer Louis-Georges Tin said.[AFP]
Economics laureate Amartya Sen and Nobel literature prize winners Dario Fo,
Jose Saramago and Elfriede Jelinek also pledged their support.
Signatories listed on the www.idahomophobia.org campaign website included
political figures, such as former European Commission president Jacques Delors,
US intellectual Noam Chomsky, Spanish Actress Victoria Abril and the US Oscar
winner Meryl Streep.
British pop star and long-time gay rights campaigner Elton John added his
voice to Archbishop Tutu's, eight days after he told a British newspaper he
would outlaw religion to reduce homophobia.
"I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people. From my
point of view, I would ban religion completely," the Observer quoted the
entertainer as saying.
The petition should be used as a blueprint for "a resolution to address the
United Nations in the months to come."
"In 1994, the UN Commission on Human Rights (as it was called then) condemned
Tasmania for making homosexuality a crime. As a result, Tasmania had to change
its legislation," the website stated.
The campaigners called on the UN to enforce similar decisions on all
countries banning homosexuality.