Criminalising Homosexuality: Synopsis and Recommendations

Criminalising Homosexuality: Synopsis and Recommendations

This series of briefing notes was produced by the Human Dignity Trust in the second half of 2015. These notes aim to illustrate the link between the criminalisation of homosexuality and various aspects of good governance. They also offer information and guidance to governments, the international community, civil society and activists on how to bring about the decriminalisation of homosexuality across the globe. This research draws on our experience working with activists in criminalising countries and our expertise in international human rights law.

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Criminalising Homosexuality: Irreconcilable with Good Governance – Full Report

Criminalising Homosexuality: Irreconcilable with Good Governance – Full Report

The Human Dignity Trust has produced a series of ground-breaking notes explaining how criminalisation interacts with various key areas of democratic values, good governance and well-being. These notes highlight how crucial decriminalisation is for states to prosper and uphold their core democratic principles. They demonstrate the variety of lenses through which criminalisation's damaging effects can be seen, from exacerbating HIV to harming businesses to undermining the rule of law.

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Eric Gitari v NGO Board & 4 others [2015] – Case Summary

Eric Gitari v NGO Board & 4 others [2015] – Case Summary

The High Court of Kenya at Nairobi found that the failure by a government agency to register a LGBT rights NGO, on the basis that homosexuality is criminalised in the East African country, was unconstitutional. The responsible agency was ordered to register the NGO, in what is a major legal victory in Kenya and the continent.

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Eric Gitari v NGO Board & 4 others [2015], Petition 440 of 2013

Eric Gitari v NGO Board & 4 others [2015], Petition 440 of 2013

The High Court of Kenya at Nairobi found that the failure by a government agency to register a LGBT rights NGO, on the basis that homosexuality is criminalised in the East African country, was unconstitutional. The responsible agency was ordered to register the NGO, in what is a major legal victory in Kenya and the continent.

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Note on the Ugandan Non-Governmental Organisations Bill, 2015

Note on the Ugandan Non-Governmental Organisations Bill, 2015

This note by the Human Dignity Trust explains the Ugandan Non-Governmental Organisations Bill 2015 published in the Ugandan government gazette on 10 April 2015. If passed, the Bill is likely to severely restrict the activities of NGOs, and in particular those who work in support of LGBT rights.

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Thuto Rammoge & Ors v AG Botswana

Thuto Rammoge & Ors v AG Botswana

On 14 November 2014, the Gaborone High Court delivered a landmark judgment overturning the Department of Labour and Home Affairs’ refusal to register the organisation Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO). The case was brought by 20 individuals who argued that the refusal to register their organisation violated their constitutional rights, including their rights to freedom of association, freedom of expression, and equal protection of the law.

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