Reform of Discriminatory Sexual Offences Laws in the Commonwealth and other Jurisdictions – Case Study of Seychelles

This report provides a step-by-step analysis of how reform of sexual offences in Seychelles was achieved. It finds that decriminalisation in Seychelles was the result of a combination of factors, including genuine political will. A conducive social environment created through the hard work of local LGBT and human rights organisations, with the support of the legal profession and aided by international dialogue and favourable media coverage, was also crucial in bringing about the long overdue change. Importantly, the report concludes that constructive dialogue with faith leaders, in what is a deeply religious society, was also key to bringing about reform.