Amnesty International asks countries to follow India’s example in Gay Rights

This may be a bit old but I have somehow missed it by far.

Soon after the historic judgment of Delhi High Court last year which decriminalized homosexual realtionship amongst consenting adults, the international human rights organisation Amnesty International issued this statement asking remaining remaining countries to follow India’s example and de-criminalize homosexuality. To quote from the statement,

The court’s ruling rejected every argument put forward by the government in defence of the law. It found that section 377, the law criminalizing homosexuality, reflected an understanding of sexual orientation that is “at odds with the current scientific and professional understanding”. In particular, the government’s contention that the measure helped stop the spread of HIV/AIDS is “completely unfounded” and “based on incorrect and wrong notions,” the court said.

The court acknowledged that Section 377 has been used to “brutalis[e]” members of the gay community and other men who have sex with men, abuses that have long been documented by local human rights defenders and Amnesty International. The Judges ruled that popular morality or public disapproval of certain acts is not a valid justification for restriction of the fundamental rights set forth in the Indian Constitution.

The Naz Foundation, an Indian sexual rights organization which brought the case against Section 377, told Amnesty International: “It’s an incredible day, it’s been a long battle. Today homosexuality has been decriminalized but not legalized. It is a baby step but finally India has entered the 21st century.”

With this decision, India becomes the latest country to join the global trend towards decriminalization. Amnesty International calls on those countries that continue to criminalize homosexuality to follow India’s example and repeal those laws. The majority of these laws are retained within Commonwealth countries.

Read the full statement here.

More of my posts on the issue of Sexuality and Rights here.

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