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.
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.
This note examines how, in addition to the criminalisation of homosexuality being an indicator of poor governance and poor human rights in and of itself, countries that criminalise tend to rank poorly on other indicators too.
This briefing note covers three points of connection between religion and the criminalisation of homosexuality. First, it looks at the origins of today’s laws that criminalise consensual same-sex intimacy. Secondly, it examines whether, as a matter of international human rights law, adherence to religious doctrine has any bearing on whether the state is permitted to criminalise homosexuality. The third part of this note then sets out statements from religious leaders confirming that the state has no business criminalising homosexuality.
LGBT people are a vulnerable group at the best of times. This note explores how during times of turmoil (conflict, natural disasters or widespread violence) this vulnerability is exacerbated, often leaving LGBT people to experience a level of violence and exclusion beyond that borne by others.
This note investigates the role that international organisations have played in bringing about the decriminalisation of homosexuality in domestic legal systems. It looks at the historic, current and potential roles of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the European Union,and the Commonwealth.