U.N. Upholds Ban on 'Dwarf Throwing'
Fri Sep 27,10:57 AM ET

GENEVA (Reuters) - A tiny stuntman who protested against a French ban on the bizarre practice of 'dwarf throwing' lost his case before a U.N. human rights body, which said the need to protect human dignity was paramount. 

Manuel Wackenheim had argued the 1995 ban by France's highest administrative court was discriminatory and deprived him of a job being hurled around discotheques by burly men. 

In a statement Friday the U.N. Human Rights Committee said it was satisfied 'the ban on dwarf-tossing was not abusive but necessary in order to protect public order, including considerations of human dignity.' The committee also said the ban 'did not amount to prohibited discrimination.' 

The pastime, imported from the United States and Australia in the 1980s, consists of people throwing tiny stuntmen as far as possible, usually in a bar or discotheque. 

The stuntman wears a crash helmet and padded clothing which has handles on the back to facilitate throwing the human projectile. 

The Frenchman, who measures 1.14 meter (3 ft 10 inches), filed his case in 1999 with the U.N. committee made up of 18 independent experts who examine states' compliance with the 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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Do you think dwarf tossing should be illegal?
U.N. Upholds Ban on `Dwarf Throwing`

Fri Sep 27,10:57 AM ET

GENEVA (Reuters) - A tiny stuntman who protested against a French ban on the bizarre practice of `dwarf throwing` lost his case before a U.N. human rights body, which said the need to protect human dignity was paramount.

Manuel Wackenheim had argued the 1995 ban by France`s highest administrative court was discriminatory and deprived him of a job being hurled around discotheques by burly men.

In a statement Friday the U.N. Human Rights Committee said it was satisfied `the ban on dwarf-tossing was not abusive but necessary in order to protect public order, including considerations of human dignity.` The committee also said the ban `did not amount to prohibited discrimination.`

The pastime, imported from the United States and Australia in the 1980s, consists of people throwing tiny stuntmen as far as possible, usually in a bar or discotheque.

The stuntman wears a crash helmet and padded clothing which has handles on the back to facilitate throwing the human projectile.

The Frenchman, who measures 1.14 meter (3 ft 10 inches), filed his case in 1999 with the U.N. committee made up of 18 independent experts who examine states` compliance with the 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.


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19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 9/30/02 - 7:25:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
That is probably the strangest thing I've heard in a long time.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 9/30/02 - 7:26:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
Hysterical.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 9/30/02 - 7:26:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
Free will of the dwarf. Let him do what he wants as long as its not hurting anyone else.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 9/30/02 - 7:26:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
LOL@right picture
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 9/30/02 - 3:28:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
nothing wrong with tossing back a few dwarfs now and again.....so long as the dwarf don't mind
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 9/30/02 - 3:31:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
If they want to be tossed they should have every right to be tossed.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 9/30/02 - 3:36:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
I have to admit, dwarf-throwing never fails to crack me up - it's such a ridiculous yet hilarious concept. If it's consensual, then I see no problem with it - and indeed (pun unintended), some of the biggest champions of dwarf-throwing have been the dwarves themselves.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 9/30/02 - 4:12:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
if they are allowed to ban dwarf tossing! other jobs could be considered un-dignified and targeted by lawmakers
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 9/30/02 - 4:17:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
They just want to take away all the fun, don't they? You know, them? They're out there.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/10/02 - 2:46:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
Those little guys have to make a living doing something!
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 11/25/02 - 5:27:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
Ever seen MTV's Jackass?
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 11/25/02 - 5:27:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's not very nice unless they consent.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 11/25/02 - 5:30:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
This is the kind of restraint of trade that upsets prostitutes.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 11/25/02 - 5:31:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
Ha!
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 11/25/02 - 5:32:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
spammer!!!!!!
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 11/25/02 - 5:32:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
In this guys case, let him be tossed anywhere he wants. It wouldn't be very nice to just start hurling little people here and there out of the blue though.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 11/25/02 - 5:33:19 AM EST (GMT-5)
Excusez moi? I was merely expressing my opinion.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 11/25/02 - 5:56:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
Oddly enough, this is the second time in 30 minutes that this subject has come up for me. The dwarves complain that this is how they make their living. I think it would be interesting to see injury stats on the dwarf tossing.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 11/25/02 - 5:57:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
Isn't the term Dwarf insulting? I thought the term was 'vertically challenged'.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 11/25/02 - 6:12:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
who is going to stand up for the little guys?
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 11/25/02 - 6:44:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
ME! I shall.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 11/26/02 - 1:45:19 AM EST (GMT-5)
I saw I thing on TV last night about the guy in the left picture up there. I think it is cruel, but if they want to be thrown let them be.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 11/26/02 - 2:29:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's their choice! A silly one, but there you go!
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 12/14/02 - 7:24:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
Please
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/7/03 - 7:44:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
...this actually happens? ahahahhaha

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