Northern Cyprus Becomes Last Place in Europe to Decriminalize Homosexuality

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Following pressure from Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Turkish Cypriot leaders have agreed to repeal a law outlawing homosexuality. Northern Cyprus is the last place in Europe where being homosexual is still a crime. Dervis Eroglu, the leader of the Turkish Cypriot government in the northern part of Cyprus, said he would sign the repeal into law. British Conservative MEP for London, Marina Yannakoudakis led a campaign for the law change. After the announcement she made this statement:

“There have been a number of concerns about human rights in the northern part of Cyprus. By agreeing to decriminalize homosexuality, Eroglu is taking concrete measures to ensure those living in the north part of Cyprus may enjoy the same human rights as their fellow Europeans.”

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