China: Gay rights activists in Macau demand domestic violence bill includes gay couples

Published: November 6, 2014

Aaron Day
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Rainbow of Macau – the city’s first gay rights group – was founded after gay couples were dropped from the legislation in November 2012.

In the letter addressed to Justice Secretary Florinda Chan, the group said: “Rainbow of Macau reaffirms our stance on domestic violence that any act of violence in domestic settings – however ‘trivial’ or ‘accidental’ – should fall into the scope of public crimes.

“It has come to our attention that the Domestic Violence Bill is close to completion and will be submitted to the Executive Council shortly.

“Rainbow of Macau urges for the restoration of ‘same-sex couples/co-habitants’ in the domestic violence legislation.

“In the concluding observations made by the UN based on its initial review on the ratification of ICESCR in Macau, the Macau government is asked to adopt comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation covering LGBT people.

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