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Short answers: Louis-Georges Tin.

The Paris-based International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) will launch a global campaign in November for a United Nations resolution to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide. The proposal is the brainchild of IDAHO's founder, Louis-Georges Tin, 32, a professor, author, and rising activist in France.

Will this resolution pass?

Many people believe such a resolution is beyond reach--I don't. There is already U.N. jurisprudence in our favor. In 1994 a citizen of Tasmania who had been condemned for having same-sex relationships won his case in what was then the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. The commission said his arrest was a breach of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of the right of privacy. We will just ask the U.N. to extend this jurisprudence to other countries--75 in the world!--where homosexuality is forbidden.

Now will you lobby for it?

The campaign will have two main components. An external media campaign to raise awareness will begin November 17 with the unveiling of a petition on IDAHO's Web site, Idahomophobia.org. The second battle has to be waged within the new U.N. Council on Human Rights. We have to lobby the states that are members and ask them to support the resolution or at least not to vote against it. We are talking with the government of South Africa, a member of the council, to sponsor the resolution.

Why South Africa?

It was the first country in the world to include nondiscrimination against gays in its constitution. Their sponsorship would show that LGBT rights is not just a Western issue.

And why do this now?

Look, gays and lesbians around the world cannot wait any longer for their love to cease being a crime. Many are in jail or at risk of being jailed. Some are being killed. This has to stop.

For a longer version of this interview, go to Advocate.com.
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Title Annotation:THE ADVOCATE REPORT: [FCCE]; interview
Author:Ireland, Doug
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief article
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Date:Nov 7, 2006
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