Italy is a country where basic human rights are not guaranteed. The last example, if the rejections of the migrants weren't enough, was given yesterday in Parliament when it was rejected the law against homophobia. It is not a communist to say this. It is the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, that denounce it.
"Scuppering a law against homophobia was a setback for Italy", words that sound like an indictment against Italy. "Homosexuality and homosexuals are criminalized in some countries - said the UN commissioner - but we cannot ignore the fact that minority groups, and among them homosexuals, are subject not only to violence but to discrimination in various aspects of their lives".
The Commissioner for Human Rights, talking about Italy, took advantage to talk of the immigration issue, once again, and criticized the aggravation for illegal immigrants who commit a crime.
All this, however, is not a problem of politics. It should be, but member of parliament don't really care. That's why some of them were absent (for good cause or not) and other voted against it (mistakenly or convinced). They are still there, in Parliament, paid by the Italians.
One of them is Paola Binetti and she's been elected with Pd in the last election. On Tuesday she voted with the right-center the document that sank the law against homophobia. And she replied, to those who criticized her, that the homophobia bill wasn't clear. "Now I am a minority myself, I also want to be protected.The PD is a young party, I would like to understand what its identity is. "
Needless to say that the Theo-Dems MP is more than protected. Because she's being paid from those who voted for a party that, in choosing its candidates, has made choices that were far from clear. Unless to notice it later. The leader of the PD in the House, Antonello Soro said "I find intolerable the Binetti behavior. My impression is that Paola Binetti has little to do with our party. "
Mrs Binetti, however, is still there and she says she won't go in the UDC (center-right party), ensuring that she will vote in the primaries and she will vote for party secretary candidate Bersani "because he had a more balanced reaction."
Paola Concia, speaker of the law against homophobia, is clear with her colleague. "There can be no freedom of conscience on respect for human rights and dignity. I say to Paola Binetti: nobody holds a gun to your head to stay in Pd, you have to share the fundamental values of the party, you must be the person to acknowledge it. Go to a place where you feel more at ease, you vote more with the UDC that with us ...".
Msr Concia is embittered because of the image our country has given to the rest of the world. "The minister Carfagna said she will make a bill. ... Yesterday we had a law and they could vote it. A bipartisan law that had made a long way in Parliament. But the problem is that in this country everybody wants to put his flag. "
Homophobia is a crime, and is a simple concept, which should be understandable to any political trend.
But, again, in our Parliament they were thinking about flags. If the minister for equal opportunity were to present a bill like the one presented in Parliament yesterday, and if this bill will be approved, the question is still there: why not now?The name on the law is more important than the dignity of the person?
In the meantime, we must hear the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights saying that was "a step backwards for the rights of gays and lesbians" what happened yesterday in italian Parliament: another indication of a State that fails to protect its citizens.
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