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Gay Rights Association Sues over Hate Speech

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Gay Rights Association Sues over Hate Speech

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From Reykjavík Pride. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Icelandic LGBT rights association Samtökin ’78 filed charges this morning against ten individuals because of hate speech against LGBT people in connection with the discussion which arose after Hafnarfjörður became the first municipality in Iceland to include instruction about homosexuality in sex education.

The association believes that the individuals in question, “sparked a debate which grossly attacks the rights of LGBT people to privacy, family and absolute equality, rights which are protected by the Constitution of Iceland and international treaties to which Iceland is party, including the European Convention on Human Rights,” a statement from the association reads, ruv.is reports.

Article 233a of the Icelandic penal code states that, “Anyone who does by means of ridicule, calumniation, insult, threat or otherwise assault [a person or group of persons] 1) on account of their nationality, colour, [race, religion or sexual inclination] 1) shall be subject to fines 2) or imprisonment for up to 2 years.”

“Samtökin ’78 regret the negative discussion which has followed the Hafnarfjörður town council approving LGBT education in the town’s elementary schools. Samtökin ’78 would like to point out that the proposal did not come from Samtökin ’78 and wasn’t made in cooperation with the association, who however celebrate all advancement in the information society,” the statement continues.

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