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Belize scraps law targeting gay men
An old British colonial law in Belize that disproportionately affected gay men has been ruled unconstitutional by the country’s Supreme Court after a three-year wait for the judgment. In handing down the judgment, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin agreed that Section 53 amounts to a violation of the constitutional rights to dignity, privacy, equality and non-discrimination on grounds of sex. He found that there was no justification in the form of ‘public morality’ and therefore the law must be modified. He awarded costs to the Claimant, Caleb Orozco. Click here for our press release and factsheet.
Seychelles Parliament passes bill to decriminalise homosexuality
We offer heartfelt congratulations to activists, legislators and government in Seychelles. Their commitment to ensuring that the rights of the LGBT community in their country are no longer sacrificed for the sake of outdated and persecutory laws means that the number of countries criminalising same-sex relations will soon go down to 75. Although this figure tells us that there is still work to be done in many jurisdictions, we nonetheless celebrate every hard-won gain towards human rights for all. Click here for more information.