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Chile's Congress passes anti-discrimination law

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chile's Congress has passed an anti-discrimination law after the killing of a gay man whose attackers beat him and carved swastikas into his body.

The House of Deputies approved the measure in a close vote Wednesday, seven years after it was first proposed. The Senate passed the law in November.

President Sebastian Pinera had urged lawmakers to accelerate approval of the law after 24-year-old Daniel Zamudio died March 27. His death came 25 days after he was attacked, and his case set off a national debate about hate crimes in Chile.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights called last week for Chile to pass new laws against hate crimes and discrimination after Zamudio's death.

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