Toolkit – how to use HDT’s award-winning impact documentaries for screening events

Toolkit – how to use HDT’s award-winning impact documentaries for screening events

An invitation to use the Human Dignity Trust’s award-winning impact documentaries, which highlight the archaic colonial era laws that continue to blight the lives of millions of people across the Commonwealth, for screening and Q&A events. These films were made to show high-level decision makers how these laws mean that adult same-sex consensual intimacy is criminalised, while survivors of sexual violence are unable to seek justice and perpetrators go unpunished, and to provide tools for everyone to use to engage their communities, media, civil society and people in positions of power.

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Sexual Offences in the Commonwealth: Issues, Good Practice & Advances in Reform

Sexual Offences in the Commonwealth: Issues, Good Practice & Advances in Reform

This Legal Snapshot provides an at-a-glance look at an extensive body of work by the Human Dignity Trust, which surveys the landscape of Commonwealth sexual offences legislation, examines discriminatory elements and patterns, identifies measurable indicators of good practice, and explores how effective law reform has been achieved in practice recently.

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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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