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Gay activists in Cuba demand that parliament respect their rights


Cuban gay activists held a kiss-in demonstration and presented a demand

for respect to the country's parliament on Thursday, as they prepared

for the upcoming island's second annual Gay Pride parade.

Fifty people — mostly gay rights activists but also a handful of

dissidents such as Guillermo Fariñas and Martha — signed a

petition calling for civil rights and handed it to the National Assembly

of People's Power, said Ignacio Estrada, a gay activist and .

"Our document calls on the Cuban government to fully comply with

international agreements it has signed on , especially those

that apply to LGBT rights," Estrada said after delivering the petition.

The petition also calls on lawmakers to launch an investigation of the

Military Units to Aid Production, or UMAPs — hard-labor camps created by

during the 1960s to detain homosexuals and government

critics — and requests trials for government officials responsible for

the camps.

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