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Australia investigated hate crimes against homosexuals between 1970 and 2010

Australia investigated hate crimes against homosexuals between 1970 and 2010

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A special commission to investigate murders against homosexuals between 1970 and 2010 in the state of New South Wales, allegedly fueled by hatred, has held its first public hearing in Australia.

At the hearing in Sydney, “the special commission is the first of its kind in the world” and its investigation will be “completely independent”, said Peter Gray, assistant counsel for the special commission to investigate the crime. Against the LGTBIQ community.

The commission, which is due to give its final report on June 30, 2023, is the product of the recommendations of the New South Wales Parliamentary Committee based on two 2018 reports on crimes against members of the LGBTIQ+ community.

The investigation will “focus on the manner and causes of all 88 unresolved cases of death or alleged deaths, potentially motivated by hate bias toward homosexuals,” said the assistant counsel detailing the work’s terms of reference. of the commission headed by the judge. John Sacker.

It is believed that more than twenty of these crimes, most of which were committed between the 1970s and 1990s, are yet to be solved by the police.

“All the deaths involved in this investigation, many of them lonely and horrifying, were of people whose lives were tragically cut short,” Gray said.

The 2018 Parabelle Report, prepared by the New South Wales Police and which is one of the current commission’s benchmarks, indicates that “it is clear and beyond any doubt that the level of violence against gay men in particular is high, extreme and was often cruel.

“On behalf of the New South Wales Police Force, I acknowledge that it is an absolute necessity that we never allow history to repeat itself,” said Deputy Commissioner Tony Crandell, the force’s Sexuality, Gender Diversity and Intersex Affairs Officer. . order, when that report was posted on the New South Wales Police website.

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