Chilean hate-crime legislation signed into law

July 12, 2012 - 1:38 PM

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's president signed an anti-discrimination law Thursday following the killing of a gay man beaten by attackers who carved swastikas into his body.

The law was approved in May after being stuck in Congress for seven years. President Sebastian Pinera had urged lawmakers to speed its approval after the death of Daniel Zamudio in March set off a national debate about hate crimes in Chile.

Zamudio was found beaten and mutilated in a city park, with swastikas carved into his body. The U.N. human rights office had urged Chile to pass new laws against hate crimes and discrimination after his death and many in Chile refer to the measure as the Zamudio law.