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.
Our report Breaking the Silence: Criminalisation of Lesbians and Bisexual Women and its Impacts shows that is illegal to be a lesbian in almost a quarter of all the countries in the world. This is the first ever global in-depth analysis of how laws against homosexuality specifically impact lesbians and bisexual women.
The Botswanan LGBT rights organisation, LEGABIBO, had their right to freedom of association upheld at the Court of Appeal following their High Court victory in November 2014. The Court of Appeal found that all persons, whatever their sexual orientation, enjoy an equal right to form associations, with lawful objectives for the protection and advancements of their interests. The refusal of the Minister to allow the registration of LEGAbibo was unconstitutional.
Ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2015 in Malta, the Human Dignity Trust in association with the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, prepared an expansive report on the extent and the consequences of the criminalisation of homosexuality within the Commonwealth.
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.