Chile: President Signs Anti-Discrimination Law

July 13, 2012

The Associated Press reports:

Chile’s president signed an anti-discrimination law on Thursday several months after the killing of a gay man beaten by attackers who carved swastikas into his body. The law was approved in May after being stuck in Congress for seven years. President Sebastián Piñera had urged lawmakers to speed its approval after the slaying of Daniel Zamudio in March set off a national debate about hate crimes in Chile. The United Nations human rights office had urged Chile to pass legislation against hate crimes and discrimination after the killing. The new measure enables people to file anti-discrimination lawsuits and adds hate-crime sentences for violent crimes.