Belize scraps law targeting gay men

An old British colonial law in Belize that disproportionately affects gay men was today ruled unconstitutional by the country’s Supreme Court after a three-year wait for the judgment. In handing down the judgment, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin agreed that Section 53 amounts to a violation of the constitutional rights to dignity, privacy, equality and non-discrimination on grounds of sex. He found that there was no justification in the form of ‘public morality’ and therefore the law must be modified. He awarded costs to the Claimaint, Caleb Orozco. Click here for our press release and factsheet.

Human Dignity Trust releases powerful report: Breaking the Silence: Criminalisation of Lesbian and Bisexual Women and its Impacts

One in four countries worldwide criminalise consensual same-sex conduct between women, and ten countries have extended their laws to criminalise lesbian and bisexual women during the past thirty years. Read more here. 

Seychelles Parliament passes bill to decriminalise homosexuality

We offer heartfelt congratulations to activists, legislators and government in Seychelles. Their commitment to ensuring that the rights of the LGBT community in their country are no longer sacrificed for the sake of outdated and persecutory laws means that the number of countries criminalising same-sex relations will soon go down to 75. Although this figure tells us that there is still work to be done in many jurisdictions, we nonetheless celebrate every hard-won gain towards human rights for all. Click here for more information.