Inter-American rights body condemns Jamaica’s homophobic laws – Short Film

Inter-American rights body condemns Jamaica’s homophobic laws – Short Film

A decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has found the Jamaican government responsible for violating multiple rights of a gay man and a lesbian and urges an immediate repeal of the country’s homophobic laws. Watch Gareth Henry, one of the petitioners in the case, talk about the impetus for making his complaint and how he hopes the outcome of the case will improve the lives of LGBT Jamaicans.

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Henry & Edwards v. Jamaica – Case Digest

Henry & Edwards v. Jamaica – Case Digest

Published on 17 February 2021, this decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights comes in response to a case supported by the Human Dignity Trust, challenging the criminalisation of same-sex activity in Jamaica. Significantly, the Commission urges the Jamaican government to repeal the sections of the Offences Against the Persons Act that criminalise consensual sexual conduct between men, and to ensure measures are in place to prevent, investigate and punish incidences of violence against all LGBT people. As the first-ever decision of the Commission to find that laws criminalising LGBT people violate international law, this is now the landmark LGBT human rights case for the entire Caribbean region.

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Gareth Henry and Simone Carline Edwards v. Jamaica (IACHR)

Gareth Henry and Simone Carline Edwards v. Jamaica (IACHR)

Published on 17 February 2021, this decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights comes in response to a case supported by the Human Dignity Trust, challenging the criminalisation of same-sex activity in Jamaica. Significantly, the Commission urges the Jamaican government to repeal the sections of the Offences Against the Persons Act that criminalise consensual sexual conduct between men, and to ensure measures are in place to prevent, investigate and punish incidences of violence against all LGBT people. As the first-ever decision of the Commission to find that laws criminalising LGBT people violate international law, this is now the landmark LGBT human rights case for the entire Caribbean region.

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The Sky Will Not Fall: A Call to Reform Discriminatory Sexual Offence Laws in the Commonwealth – 10 minutes documentary film

The Sky Will Not Fall: A Call to Reform Discriminatory Sexual Offence Laws in the Commonwealth – 10 minutes documentary film

Across the Commonwealth outdated sexual offences laws fail to protect, and discriminate against, women and girls, LGBT people and people with disability. We're working with governments, activists and parliamentarians to change that. Watch our short film, shot in Belize, Seychelles, Singapore, Kenya and India, and find out more. (CW: The following film contains mentions of physical and sexual violence and abuse which some viewers may find distressing and/or traumatic.)

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A Wake Up Call: Hate Crime Law in the Commonwealth – 8 minutes documentary film

A Wake Up Call: Hate Crime Law in the Commonwealth – 8 minutes documentary film

Across the Commonwealth LGBT people face violence because of who they are and who they love. Very few Commonwealth countries have legislation to recognise, prevent and punish hate crimes, including those committed on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Legal reform through the provision of hate crime legislation is one tool to address hate based violence, which impacts everyone in our societies. Watch our new short film, shot in Belize, Seychelles, Singapore, Kenya and India, and find out more. (CW: This film contains scenes of physical violence and mention of abuse and sexual violence against LGBT people which some viewers may find distressing and/or traumatic.)

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Next Steps Towards Reform: Mapping good practice and gaps in Commonwealth sexual offences legislation

Next Steps Towards Reform: Mapping good practice and gaps in Commonwealth sexual offences legislation

This map provides at a glance the status of sexual offences legislation in all five Commonwealth regions, highlighting good practice and identifying where there are gaps in protection, with a particular focus on women, children, LGBT+ people and people with disability.

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