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Across the Commonwealth outdated sexual offences laws fail to protect, and discriminate against, women and girls, LGBT people and people with disability.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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Hate Crimes against the LGBT Community in the Commonwealth: A Situational Analysis

Hate Crimes against the LGBT Community in the Commonwealth: A Situational Analysis

Every year, millions of people across the Commonwealth suffer physical, sexual and psychological abuse and violence on account of their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. This report outlines the nature and extent of anti-LGBT hate crime and its impact on individuals and societies in the Commonwealth, explores trends across the Commonwealth and surveys regional and country-specific case examples.

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Pan-Commonwealth Human Rights, Gender & Sexual Diversity Training Toolkit

Pan-Commonwealth Human Rights, Gender & Sexual Diversity Training Toolkit

The toolkit provides a framework for the delivery of training for government officials, frontline service providers and members of the general public within the Commonwealth. It provides the necessary information and tools to facilitate a training or sensitisation session on gender and sexual diversity, foundational human rights knowledge, as well as on the challenges faced by members of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex community.

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Good Practice in Human Rights Compliant Sexual Offences Laws in the Commonwealth

Good Practice in Human Rights Compliant Sexual Offences Laws in the Commonwealth

This report lays out criteria for good practice human rights compliant laws across four areas of sexual offences legislation, namely rape/sexual assault, age of consent for sexual conduct, treatment of consensual same-sex sexual activity between adults, and sexual offences in relation to people with disability. The purpose of this report is to inform, inspire and aid reform of discriminatory and harmful laws on sexual offences in member states of the Commonwealth. The study will assist Commonwealth countries that are seeking to reform their sexual offences laws by providing models of ‘good practice’ laws from other Commonwealth countries across all regions of the world.

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Legislating to Address Hate Crimes against the LGBT Community in the Commonwealth

Legislating to Address Hate Crimes against the LGBT Community in the Commonwealth

This report, commissioned by the Human Dignity Trust on Behalf of the Equality & Justice Alliance, provides a detailed analysis of the purpose of Hate Crimes laws and assesses how these laws, already enacted in parts of the Commonwealth, are being used to tackle the pervasive violence faced by LGBT communities. The report identifies and assesses the different types and models of legislation that are being used and provides recommendations for other Commonwealth legislators.

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The Sri Lankan Report on Public Representations on Constitutional Reform: An Opening for Constitutional Protections for LGBT People?

The Sri Lankan Report on Public Representations on Constitutional Reform: An Opening for Constitutional Protections for LGBT People?

This note contains a summary of the parts of the recently issued Sri Lankan Report on Public Representations on Constitutional Reform that recommend the recognition and implementation of the rights of LGBT people. It considers the implications of this Report for the decriminalisation of same-sex relationships in the country and wider protections against persecution of and discrimination against LGBT people.

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