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.
Across the Commonwealth outdated sexual offences laws fail to protect, and discriminate against, women and girls, LGBT people and people with disability.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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.