One step closer to justice: Inter-American human rights body to examine Jamaica’s homophobic laws

The Human Dignity Trust welcomes a recent decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to accept the admissibility of a case challenging Jamaica’s anti-buggery laws. The victims in the case claim that sections of Jamaica’s 1864 Offences Against the Person Act not only criminalise consensual sexual activity between men, but also legitimise violence towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Read more

India's Supreme Court scraps law criminalising LGBT people

A law that criminalised consensual same-sex activity between adults has been ruled unconstitutional by India’s Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision handed down by a five-judge bench today in New Delhi.  Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which was enacted in 1860 under the British colonial regime, criminalised ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature,’ leading to over a century and a half of discrimination and persecution against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community.  Read more

Major court victory in Lebanon: consensual same-sex intimacy not a crime

The Human Dignity Trust welcomes Thursday’s decision of an appeal court in Lebanon, which held that consensual same sex activity is not unlawful.

The ruling is linked to the 2015 arrest of nine people in a suburb of Beirut whom police suspected of being gay and transgender. A criminal court subsequently acquitted them of the charges in 2017.

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