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Australian rights group says Commonwealth has failed LGBTI people
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Australian rights group says Commonwealth has failed LGBTI people

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:58 Written by // Andrew Shaw

Kaleidoscope Australia, committed to LGBTI rights in the Asia Pacific region, has condemned the Commonwealth for failing to address the rights of its LGBTI citizens.

Kaleidoscope president Dr Paula Gerber, from Monash University's Faculty of Law, said the Commonwealth should be a forum for advancing human rights across all its member states.

“As the Commonwealth Games start in Glasgow we need to ask some tough questions: should Australia should continue to be a member of an international body where the majority of countries can jail, if not kill, gays?”

Gerber has published a paper in the Alternative Law Journal arguing the Commonwealth has failed to address the human rights of LGBTI people, and that UN bodies and civil society offer the only routes to reform.

In it, she points out that only two Commonwealth countries in Africa no longer criminalise homosexuality.

Read Gerber's paper, Living a Life of Crime: The Ongoing Criminalisation of Homosexuality within the Commonwealth, here.

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Andrew Shaw

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Andrew Shaw is editor of Queensland Pride.

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