Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Petition to the Commonwealth to declare its position on homophobia in its member-countries

Source: Justice for Gay Africans Society

The Commonwealth has been silence on the issues of Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual & Trangendered (LGBT) people’s persecutions and discrimination going on in many of its member-countries. Gay people in these countries are being denied access to healthcare, arrested and jailed, sentenced to death, exposed to public and state homophobia and denied state protection.

Join us to change this cruelty.
Of the 53 Commonwealth member-countries, over 40 still criminalise same-sex relations, mostly under anti-gay laws that were originally imposed by the British colonial government in the nineteenth century. This is disgraceful to the Commonwealth when its core principles includes equality, non-discrimination, opportunity for all, liberty of the individual and human dignity.

If the Commonwealth continue in this silence, it is not only living short of its own principles, but it is supporting these countries to ignore these pillars of justice.


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