Criminalising Homosexuality is a Breach
of Human Rights
As of 2014, over 80 jurisdictions – including about 80% of the 53 Commonwealth countries – have laws criminalising private, consensual sexual conduct between adults of the same sex, making the expression of their identity illegal and punishable by imprisonment or even death.
Criminalising someone on the basis of their identity – whether that is gender, ethnic or sexual identity – is a breach of human rights.
Human Dignity Trust Responds to Indian judgment on transgender rights
The Supreme Court of India’s judgment in National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India, delivered on 15 April 2014, recognised the transgender identity as a ‘third gender’ and gave several directions to the central and state authorities to address the discrimination and stigma faced by the transgender people.
Briefing notes on recently passed anti-homosexuality legislations in Uganda and Nigeria
Uganda On 24 February 2014, President Yoweri Museveni signed his assent to the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014.
Nigeria On 7 January 2014, President Jonathan Goodluck signed his assent to the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act.