Andalucia legislature passes “appropriate sanctions” resolution against LGBT-phobic crimes

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• Nearly 40% of LGBT-phobic crimes nationwide occur in southern region

• Resolution paves wave for to sanctions similar to those approved in Cataluña

Andalusia’s left-of-center parties have successfully spearheaded passage of a legislative resolution in response to the demands of LGBT rights activists in the region, calling for a comprehensive anti-discrimination regime of “appropriate sanctions” for hate crimes against lesbians, gays, transgender and bisexual individuals.

The proposal for the regulatory framework, introduced by the Socialist party and unanimously approved by the legislature in the closing days of the 2015 parliamentary session, lays the groundwork for approval in the next legislative session of a similar law to that approved by the regional parliament of Cataluña in 2014.

Proponents of the measure say that the need for specific sanctions of hate-crimes against the LGBT community in Andalusia are supported by nationwide crime statistics, showing that in 2014 Andalusia accounted for 37 percentage of all hate crimes against lesbians, gays, transgender and bisexual individuals nationwide.

That number was down from 44 percent in 2014, but activists say the number of homophobic, lesbophobic, transphobic and biphobic crimes is still alarming high in Andalusia.

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