Challenging the criminalisation of LGBT people



This is a Policy Brief, issued by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, reprinted here with permission, with some reformatting.  The Alliance is one among many advocacy organisations that are challenging the criminalisation of LGBT persons.:

Policy Brief – Challenging the criminalisation of LGBT people:

Recommendations for governments, multilaterals, companies and NGOs

“The criminalisation of sex between men will remain a focus of our advocacy, because these laws undermine effective HIV programming and violate the human rights of the people we serve.”  HIV, health and rights: sustaining community action. Strategy of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, 2013-2020.

It is a crime to be gay in over 70 countries, with punishments including life imprisonment, flogging and the death penalty. The last two years have brought a new wave of criminalisation. Russia, Nigeria and Uganda have all introduced new laws which ban private and public expressions of homosexuality, while in December 2013 the Indian Supreme Court overturned an…

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