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The 42 Commonwealth Nations where being gay can land you in prison

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  1. The idea of a commonwealth in itself is pretty offensive.

  2. “Member states have no legal obligation one to another, instead they are united by language, history and culture, and their shared values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”

    Human rights? Human wrongs, maybe.

  3. Helge Vladimir Tiller 20 Aug 2013, 12:10pm

    It is scaring anyway !

  4. The Commonwealth at least affords us relatively close diplomatic contact with these nations. This should allow us to undo the colonial legacy of imposing the Labouchere amendment on our former colonies. The source of the antigay laws in commonwealth nations is the legal system we imposed on each of them. We have a responsibility now to help activists in those countries achieve decriminalisation there and our governments have a responsibility to advocate this at CHOGM

    1. That is no excuse. If the UK itself, New Zealand and others have managed to repeal these laws, so can the rest of the lot. Spain left its colonies with the Inquisition and 4 of them now have equal marriage, another 3 have CPs. No excuses!

  5. A small handful of these countries look promising for change, such as Nauru and Malawi which, even though the church and local conservatives interfered, have already made attempts at changing their laws for the better.

  6. . but what can you expect from a nation which lectures thw world on the merits of democracy but continues to allow the wholly unelected House of Lords to exist? No wonder the French call the British ‘Les Hypocrites.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Aug 2013, 1:19pm

      Well, the French have an unelected upper chamber too as do several others.

      1. The French are selected by elected officials the House of Lords are not

  7. I wonder, how many of these countries receive financial aid from the UK people. Would that financial help be their reason for remaining under the Queen and part of the Commonwealth

  8. James Taylor 20 Aug 2013, 4:07pm

    Goodness. St. Lucia and Belize were concerning to me. As an American that travels the Carribbean and Central American routes frequently, I was unaware of the dangers I faced. I suppose I won’t be back to either. Even though St. Lucia has a huge gay bar right off the pier.

    1. MarKo Hubert 20 Aug 2013, 11:40pm

      maybe it is different for travellers. They know they may loose too much money.

  9. MarKo Hubert 20 Aug 2013, 11:27pm

    Well, I didn’t know that so much part of the commonwelth was still that homophobic.

    Well, we still have a lot of work to do.

  10. Also, the Cook Islands imprison men for homosexual activity but I am not aware of how long. There are no laws against Lesbians. I hear they are trying to get some gay tourism, but I won’t go back there again. I had no idea about this when I was there.

  11. “Democracy, freedom, peace, the rule of law and opportunity for all … unless you’re gay”. For the monarch of the UK to preside over this bunch of homophobic countries is an abomination. Double-standards and hypocricy gone mad. Either insist these places become civilised … or stop giving them MY TAX MONEY in aid.

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