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Global Campaign to Decriminalize Homosexuality Kicks Off (Video)

Global Campaign to Decriminalize Homosexuality Kicks Off (Video)

A court case will start this week in the small Central American nation of Belize challenging that country’s criminalization of homosexuality. The case is supported by a new British-based group which hopes to challenge such laws throughout the world.

The Human Dignity Trust (HDT) was established by a high-powered group which includes the former attorney general of India; the former secretary general of the Commonwealth; Lord Woolf, former lord chief justice of England and Wales; and a former judge at the Intra-American court of human rights.

It says:

Criminalisation causes misery to all of those affected, compromising people’s identity through illegality. It also reduces human beings to their sexual acts.

We hope to bring approximately five to 10 cases globally each year. Where necessary we will fund cases. In the event of a prosecution, we can assist lawyers in preparing a defence challenging those laws. If appropriate, we may bring cases in our own name.

Most such laws are a legacy of British colonial rule. Countries formerly ruled by Belgium, Portugal or France generally do not have such laws.

The former British attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, will be among the team of lawyers taking on the constitutionality of section 53 of Belize’s criminal code, which says that: “Every person who has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any person or animal shall be liable to imprisonment for 10 years.”

The case has been brought to court by United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) and its Executive President Caleb Orozco.

Local churches have united in their opposition to decriminalization and will be present at the hearings. Amongst the evidence they say they will present will be that homosexuality can be “cured.” They will also tout the ‘foreign influence’ line as well as the ‘victimhood’ line flowing from US evangelical objections to LGBT human rights, saying:

“In every country that has granted a new ‘right’ to homosexual behaviour, activists have promoted and steadily expanded this ‘right’ to trump universally recognised rights to religious freedom and expression.”

Legal moves challenging criminalization are already underway in Botswana and are being discussed in Kenya. HDT say they will next challenge sodomy laws in Northern Cyprus and Jamaica.

The legal challenge is on the basis of international agreements which states are party to and, according to the Trust’s Chief Executive Jonathan Cooper, a human rights barrister, means that criminalizing homosexuality is illegal.

“We hope there will be a domino effect eventually, with countries recognising [that they will lose the test cases] and saying ‘Why don’t we just decriminalise?’”

Cooper told The Guardian that the Trust’s patrons “are not pursuing this as part of a lesbian and gay agenda. It’s an international rights law agenda.”

The criminalization laws were an issue at the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting with the Commonwealth-appointed Eminent Persons Group, who cited their abolition as a key recommendation in an extensive Commonwealth reform document.

The legal challenge is supported by LGBT groups from throughout the region.

In the below video, Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow comments on the government’s position regarding the UNIBAM lawsuit to legalize homosexuality in Belize.

Notice the condescending tone.

 

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10:18AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Thank you for posting!

10:54AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Well again my comment is missing:((((

10:53AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Signed petition.No matter what anyone says I am entitled to my opinion & which will NEVER change.Which is we are ALL equal in the eyes of God(or which never higher power you believe in.)People who cast stones should not live in glass houses.Why do people torment gay people, they have done us no harm:)

3:57AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

Thank you Tracey A.!!

9:50AM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Kirby K., yours has got to be the DUMBEST post I've ever read here on the Care2 site.

1:38AM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Sorry, meant 45 years ago. But that does show that if Canada could grow up all those decades ago, isn't it more than time for the rest of the world to do the same?

9:01PM PST on Nov 23, 2011

On December 21, 1967, Pierre Eliot Trudeau - then-Justice Minister and later Prime Minister of Canada - said these words: "There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation." He said this when introducing a bill that sought to legalize abortion and decriminalize homosexuality. That was nearly 35 YEARS AGO! When is the rest of the world going to catch up?

4:10PM PST on Nov 23, 2011

I'm not against Gays, you can be anything you want to be. I watch TV and the news portraying some of the most successful Gays in the world. I just do not like the idea that a people identify themselves as a particular sexual appetite/behavior. I don't want to know what you do in the bedroom. think there are other groups that want exclusive rights, Hunters, Bowlers, or Sky-divers. Go ahead and be what you want. Oh, by the way, I am not homo-phobic, I'm not homo-afraid.

6:30AM PST on Nov 23, 2011

In order to be a homophobe it has to occupy a significant part of your brain, and this means that homophobes are thinking about men/women rubbing penises/vaginas together in a 24/7 gay porno. That’s an awful lot of gay thoughts for supposedly straight people who hate gays. I bet even gay people don’t think about gay stuff as much as homophobes do.

Homophobes (aka Anti-Gay Movement) are not protesting against bestiality, pedophilia (with/without a priest involved), rape, sexual exploitation, or any other form of non-consensual sexual act in which a victim is forced against their will to participate

The Homophobes are protesting a private sexual act being performed by two consenting adults.

HOMOPHOBE = I DON’T LIKE GAY (SUPPOSEDLY) THEREFORE NO ONE SHOULD BE GAY.

Homosexuals = fighting for the right to control their own behavior.

Homophobes = fighting for the right to control other peoples behavior.

5:20AM PST on Nov 23, 2011

Homophobic churches and hate. Sooooo tired of it.

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