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Chile’s president signs hate crime legislation into law

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  1. Pavlos Prince of Greece 12 Jul 2012, 11:09pm

    Fourth months to late for Daniel. As well as for Tyler Clementi from New Jersey in 2010. Who is next? Who knows – maybe I?

  2. In the midst of this tragedy, it is good to see that Daniel Zamudio, will not be forgotten, and that his death does not go unpunished and was not in vain, that boy deserves to be remembered for all the LGBT community, and become an example for all young LGBT , now in 2012, and in the next century 3012 , will never be forgotten

  3. Well done Chile, maybe this will help stop any further gay murders in your country. Anti-discrimination legislation must be qorld wide.

    1. Spanner1960 15 Jul 2012, 9:26am

      Sorry, but it won’t any difference whatsoever.
      Do people really think that someone willing to commit murder will suddenly stoop when they realise their potential victim is gay?

      1. Spanner1960 15 Jul 2012, 9:26am


  4. Still shocking and upsetting to read about this case. Obviously not so for the 3 freaks who voted against the legislation.

  5. Many people in Chile refer to the new measure, which enables people to file anti-discrimination lawsuits and adds hate-crime sentences for violent crimes, as the Zamudio law.

    According to Reuters: President Pinera said “Without a doubt, Daniel’s death was painful but it was not in vain,” at a press conference joined by Zamudio’s parents.

    “His passing not only unified wills to finally approve this anti-discrimination law but it also helped us examine our conscience and ask ourselves: have we ever discriminated against someone? … After his death we’ll think twice, thrice or four times before we fall prey to that behaviour.”

    Chile is relatively socially conservative – only legalizing divorce in 2004 (one of the last countries in the world to do so). However, it has become much more progressive on LGBT issues in recent years and the swiftness of responding to this event with hate crime law is a tribute to Chile seeking to be seen as a modern and humane nation.

    Its also good to see

    1. plans for legislators to debate a plan by the President to introduce civil unions (although marriage would be preferable) that would grant inheritence and other rights to same sex couples. This is progress in Chile.

  6. The hate-crime bill, which was originally introduced by ex-president Ricardo Lagos, was signed into law by Pinera after being tied up in Congress for seven years. It is good Pinera fast tracked this after this horrendous incident, but Chile could have acted earlier.

    Chile, one of Latin America’s richest countries, remains conservative and heavily influenced by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church tried to oppose this hate law.

    The President fortunately condemned those (including religious people) who opposed this law stating “We cannot forget that it was only after the brutal murder of Daniel Zamudio, who was killed because of discrimination, hatred and prejudice, that Chile decided to take this step to build a more just, more inclusive and more welcoming country”.

    The new anti-discrimination law defines “arbitrary discrimination” as “any distinction, exclusion or restriction made by state officials or private individuals that occurs without reasonable justification” against

    1. any person on grounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, ideology or appearance.

      Those who violate the law are subject to fines between 183,000 and 1,832,000 pesos. If they are being prosecuted for other offences which attract a custodial sentence then this sentenced can be extended if they are found to have violated this new law.

      Chile is moving ahead – but the President needs to maintain this movement.

  7. It is good to see that out of a negative there is now a positive and well done to the Chilean Government for fast tracking the new legislation. The test now comes for those involved in putting those new laws in to practice!

  8. DANGERMOUSE 13 Jul 2012, 11:35am

    Why ” second degree murder” surely this is more serious than that ans is first degree murder +

  9. Omar Kuddus 13 Jul 2012, 12:28pm

    It is tragic that it took the death and brutal gay bashing of 24-year-old Daniel Zamudio to ignited a global outcry for President Sebastian Pinera to make anti-discrimination law official, but there is a conciliation that his death though painful but it was not in vain.

  10. Garry Cassell 13 Jul 2012, 4:06pm

    Now the next important step is to act upon this law…passing it into law is one thing but actually enforceing it will be the real test…let’s remember daniel..

  11. At least something good came out of that horrific crime…

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