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Historic ruling: Chilean state violated the rights of a lesbian teacher

Sandra Pavez

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has declared the State of Chile responsible for violating the principle of equality and private life of Sandra Pavez, a religion teacher who was banned from teaching in 2007 for being a lesbian, according to the Homosexual Integration and Liberation Movement (MOVILH), the organisation that represents the teacher.

After eleven years of investigation, the IACHR concluded that the Chilean State violated Pavez’s private life and autonomy, the principle of equality and non-discrimination, and also the principles of access to public service and work on equal terms.

Pavez was a teacher of religion at a municipal school in Santiago from 1985 until in 2007 the Catholic Church revoked the certificate of suitability that allowed her to teach.

The teacher maintains that this happened after she admitted that she was a lesbian and maintained a relationship with another woman, and refused to undergo psychological therapies offered by the Church to reverse her sexual orientation.

“The sorrows of hell came upon me. I was told to deny what I was, and to deny that is to deny myself, I am a human being and I cannot deny what I am,” Pavez explained.

The Church acted under a decree of the Ministry of Education in force since 1983 that regulates the teaching of religion in educational settings and allows the clergy to decide who can teach in that area.
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La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) declaró al Estado de Chile responsable de vulnerar el principio de igualdad y la vida privada de Sandra Pavez, una profesora de religión a la que en 2007 se le prohibió dar clases por ser lesbiana, señaló este miércoles el Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual, entidad que representa a la docente.

Después de once años de investigación, la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) concluyó que el Estado chileno violó la vida privada y la autonomía de Pavez, el principio de igualdad y no discriminación, y también el acceso a la función pública y al trabajo en condiciones de igualdad.

Pavez era profesora de religión en un colegio municipal de Santiago desde 1985 hasta que en 2007 la Iglesia católica le revocó el certificado de idoneidad que le permitía ejercer su labor docente.

La profesora sostiene que esto ocurrió después de que admitiera que era lesbiana y mantenía una relación con otra mujer, y se negara a someterse a terapias psicológicas que le ofreció la Iglesia para revertir su orientación sexual.

“Las penas del infierno vinieron sobre mí. Se me dijo que negara lo que era, y negar eso es negarme a mí misma, soy un ser humano y no puedo negar lo que soy”, explicó Pavez.

La Iglesia actuó bajo el amparo de un decreto del Ministerio de Educación vigente desde 1983 que regula la docencia de religión en los recintos educacionales y permite al clero decidir quiénes pueden dar clase en esa materia.
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Continue reading at: https://www.efe.com/efe/america/sociedad/la-cidh-acusa-a-chile-de-vulnerar-los-derechos-una-profesora-lesbiana-religion/20000013-4072400 (Source)

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The lesbian prisoner who won apology from the Colombian government

[Marta Álvarez] the lesbian activist spent nine years in a Colombian prison, for the murder of her brother (who allegedly tried to rape her), and experienced a series of relentless homophobic attacks at the hands of the guards and officials.

Álvarez spent years of her sentence trying to speak out about the inequality and eventually took her case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), where she argued she was being discriminated against for not receiving same-sex conjugal visits.

Continue reading at: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/12/29/
marta-alvarez-lesbian-prisoner-colombia/
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