All associated with the Human Dignity Trust were deeply saddened to learn of the death on 1 December 2012 of Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson, one of the original patrons of the Trust.

01 December 2012   South Africa

Tim Otty QC, the Chair of the Trust, paid the following tribute to Chief Justice Chaskalson. “Arthur Chaskalson was a great jurist and a great man. His role as one of Nelson Mandela’s

Opening Remarks by Sir Shridath Ramphal at the showing of the film ‘Call me Kuchu’ in London

28 November 2012   United Kingdom

Former Commonwealth Secretary-General and a patron of the Human Dignity Trust, Sir Shridath Ramphal,  in his opening remarks at the showing of the film ‘Call me Kuchu’, compared

UN: Human Rights Committee's decision denounces Russian "homosexual propaganda laws"

26 November 2012   Russian Federation

The United Nations Human Rights Committee in the case of Fedotova v. Russian Federation(CCPR/C/106/D/1932/2010) has ruled that Russia’s application of Ryazan region anti ‘homosexual p

House of Lords debate on the treatment of homosexual men and women in the developing world

25 October 2012

The House of Lords held a debate on 25 October, sponsored by Lords Black and Lexden, on the treatment of homosexual men and women in the developing world.  Conservative peer Lord Lexden led the d

New UNHCR Guidelines on Claims to Refugee Status Based on Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity

24 October 2012

The guidelines address are intended to guide governments, legal practitioners, decision-makers and the judiciary, as well as UNHCR staff carrying out refugee status determination under its mandate. Th

UN report takes a stark look at links between sex work, HIV and the law

20 October 2012

A collaborative effort of the UNDP, UNAIDS and UNFPA, the report is titled ‘Sex Work and the Law in Asia and the Pacific’. Although focussing mainly on criminalisation of sex-work and

European Court of Human Rights: X v. Turkey is a significant judgement on LGBTI rights

09 October 2012   Turkey

The judgment is important because it is the first time in its history that the Court has upheld a complaint related to sexual orientation under the Article III of the ECHR that deals with torture or t

UN: "Traditional Values" resolution adopted by Human Rights Council

27 September 2012

The UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution on ‘traditional values’ (titled ‘promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms through a better understanding of traditional values

The French President Hollande calls for decriminalisation of homosexuality at the General Assembly of the UN

27 September 2012   France

This is the first time a head of state has spoken about homosexuality at the United Nation’s General Assembly.

UN: Top UNHCR official spotlights difficulties faced by LGBTI refugees

20 September 2012

Volker Turk, Director of the UNHCR division of International Protection, spoke in Geneva on LGBTIs and protection. He also noted legal developments, highlighting the 2007 Yogyakarta Principles, which

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