Amnesty and Abortion

Amnesty organizes worldwide protest against Nicaragua’s sodomy law


Amnesty International has expanded its mission to gay rights issues and has demanded that Nicaragua to repeal its sodomy law.

Last week, Amnesty International, through its affiliates, orchestrated international protests outside Nicaraguan embassies and consulates in Germany, Canada, Chile, Iceland, Mexico, Paraguay, Sweden and Taiwan, demanding the repeal of Nicaragua's sodomy ban, reported

"Article 204 contradicts numerous provisions in international human rights law," said an Amnesty press release. It added that Nicaragua's law, "clearly violates all these articles as well as the provisions of other human rights instruments that Nicaragua has ratified on sodomy."

Nicaragua criminalized sodomy in 1992 under Article 204 of Nicaragua's criminal code. Nicaragua remains one of the last Latin American countries to criminalize homosexual behavior.

The predominantly Catholic nation passed a total ban on abortion in 2006. It has since been the target of mounting pressure from the United Nations and pro-abortion nations to overturn its abortion legislation.