In a landmark decision adopted 21 February 2022, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) finds that the criminalisation of consensual, same-sex intimacy between women is a human rights violation. The case was brought by Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, Executive Director of EQUAL GROUND, the main LGBT organisation in Sri Lanka, with the support of the Human Dignity Trust.
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women found Sri Lanka violated the rights of a lesbian and leading LGBTI activist who was subjected to discrimination, threats and abuses due to the country’s Penal Code that criminalises same-sex sexual activity.
The Court of Appeal upheld a lower court's decision to dismiss three challenges to Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalises sex between men.
This report, the third in a series of hate crimes reports, analyses the interventions recommended to ensure that legislation to address anti-LGBT hate crime is properly implemented. These include adopting national action plans, strategies and policies, implementing reporting and monitoring mechanisms, providing policing, prosecutorial and judicial guidance, and developing victim support and offender rehabilitation programmes.
In 2021 the Court of Appeal of Botswana upheld the 2019 ruling of the High Court which found that Sections 164(a) & (c), 165 and 167 - which criminalise "carnal knowledge... against the order of nature", "attempts" to engage in such acts, and "gross indecency" respectively - are unconstitutional.
Since 2011 the Human Dignity Trust has been a leading player in fighting for and securing the decriminalisation of LGBT people. This report celebrates our key achievements in the 10 years since the Trust was founded.