A series of ground-breaking briefing notes were produced by the Human Dignity Trust in the second half of 2015. These notes aim to illustrate the link between the criminalisation of LGBT people 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 same-sex sexual activity across the globe. This research draws on our experience working with activists in criminalising countries and our expertise in international human rights law. They were produced in consultation with leading academics in each of the areas addressed.
Democracy and human rights are intrinsically linked. This note demonstrates the link between democracy and the treatment of LGBT people. Using case studies and data, the note also explains how progressing LGBT rights helps democracy to take root. Wherever stakeholders are attempting to foster democracy, LGBT rights and in particular the decriminalisation of same-sex sexual activity must be an integral part of that programme.