Kamalesh Sharma

Commonwealth Chief Condemns Homophobia But Where's the Action?

Peter Tatchell | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK
Peter Tatchell

The penalties for same-sex relations include 25 years jail in Trinidad and Tobago and 20 years plus flogging in Malaysia. Six Commonwealth countries stipulate life imprisonment: Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Pakistan, Uganda, Bangladesh and Guyana. In parts of Nigeria and Pakistan, same-sex relationships can be punishable by death.Commonwealth states account for more than half of the countries in the world that still outlaw homosexuality. This defies the Commonwealth's ostensible commitment to equality and human rights.

Commonwealth Must put gay Rights on its Agenda

Peter Tatchell | Posted 12.09.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

Whatever excuses the Commonwealth may offer in its defence, one fact is indisputable: in the six decades of its existence it has never debated LGBT human rights.