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Former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith to challenge Singapore over its anti-gay laws

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  1. GulliverUK 11 Jul 2013, 5:31pm

    Section 377A of the Singapore penal code has its roots in British law from 1534, which had its roots in ecclesiastical law, from the Christian faith.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_377A_of_the_Penal_Code_(Singapore)#Ecclesiastical_roots_in_Britain_under_Henry_VIII

    It is absolutely right that we do all we can to right the wrongs of British Colonialism where it has damaged the human rights of people who now live in those countries affected.

    1. Thanks for the support GulliverUK! I live in Singapore and 377A technically makes me a criminal in my own country.

      A big ‘thank you’ to Lord Goldsmith for taking up this case pro-bona. All the best to him, the Singaporean counsel and the plaintiffs.

  2. Michael Stevens 11 Jul 2013, 9:24pm

    Just shows how much the world has changed since the days of my activist youth – a Tory grandee like Goldsmith fighting for gay rights – if you’d tried telling me that would happen 30 years ago I’d have asked where you got your acid from.

  3. Good for Mr. Goldsmith.

    And very interesting from the point of view of my one-month stay here in New Zealand, where I am finding that New Zealanders generally are much in admiration of life in Singapore because there’s a great deal of low-level anti-social crime going on here in New Zealand and locals think that Singapore is right to deter people so powerfully as it does.

    I can understand their point of view. I visited a beautiful remote beach here on Tuesday and at the end of the day discovered my rental car had had its back side window smashed in and the glove compartment opened! A bit of research has revealed that last year in that region of Auckland alone there were 3700 break-ins. Hence many locals round here dreaming of Singapore-like deterrents to stop loutish behaviour.

    Have tried to argue that Saudi’s centuries of hand-chopping and beheading hasn’t worked, but locals here don’t accept that strong deterrents aren’t appropriate.

    1. are you suggesting that criminalizing certain sexual orientation is a very useful tool in overall crime prevention strategy? please feel free to elaborate

    2. Michael Stevens 12 Jul 2013, 2:19am

      I’m from NZ and live here now. It’s terrible that you had that experience and that it often happens to tourists. Part of it lies in the extreme poverty that rural NZ has (though of course Tourism NZ doesn’t mention this) and part of it seems to come from the way tourists let their guard down here.

      NZ isn’t some safe gentle country full of sheep and hobbits – it’s as complex as anywhere else and as dangerous.

      And I have to say your observations seem to have nothing to do with the topic at hand – NZ has rights for the entire Rainbow community that Singapore can only dream of. I know gay men from Singapore who have moved here purely on that basis.

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