Human Dignity Trust part of alliance leading new £5.6m programme to reform discriminatory laws

The Human Dignity Trust is proud to announce that it will will be implementing a £5.6 million programme to build fairer, more equal and more inclusive Commonwealth societies by supporting countries seeking to reform laws that discriminate against women and girls and LGBT people. The Trust will be delivering the programme as a member of the Equality & Justice Alliance.

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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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