23rd September 2013
Former Commonwealth Head of Human Rights condemns Sri Lanka over gay harassment 7
1:53 PM — The former head of Human Rights at the Commonwealth, Dr Purna Sen, has condemned the Sri Lankan Government over the harassment of activists campaigning for LGBT rights.
17th September 2013
Malaysia: Human Rights Watch calls for an end to sodomy law 1
2:02 PM — The global human rights group Human Rights Watch have called on the Malaysian government repeal the country's anti-sodomy laws, after the government decided to appeal the aquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges.
16th August 2013
The Queen: Monarch of 11 countries where being gay can land you in prison 107
1:35 PM — While the anti-gay laws in Russia have garnered a lot of International attention in recent weeks, it is still legal to be gay in the country. However, in other parts of the world, where The Queen is Head of State, gay people can be jailed for same-sex activity.
15th April 2013
Former Commonwealth human rights head becomes Kaleidoscope Trust chair
5:31 PM — LGBT charity the Kaleidoscope Trust has elected a former Commonwealth human rights senior official as its new chair.
15th March 2013
Peers in House of Lords urge decriminalisation of homosexuality across the Commonwealth 16
3:36 PM — Peers in the House of Lords have called on the British government to push for all Commonwealth countries to decriminalise homosexuality following criticism for the Commonwealth charter's "vague" anti-discrimination clause.
11th March 2013
Justice for Gay Africans: ‘Queen’s Commonwealth charter is silent on sexuality’ 27
7:21 PM — Justice for Gay Africans says the new Commonwealth Charter – due to be signed by the Queen shortly – lacks teeth when it comes to protecting LGBT rights throughout the Commonwealth.
10th March 2013
The Queen to publicly address anti-gay discrimination for the first time 172
12:43 AM — In the first time the Queen has voiced support for gay rights in her 61-year reign, she is set to sign a new charter which aims to tackle homophobic discrimination.
7th November 2012
Ugandan anti-gay speaker chairs London human rights conference 36
8:12 PM — Conservative MP Margot James has urged for the world’s politicians to promote gay rights at a Westminster conference that was chaired by Uganda’s anti-gay Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
28th June 2012
Pride London to host conference on LGBT rights around the Commonwealth 8
10:17 AM — Pride London, as hosts of WorldPride 2012, will hold a conference focussing on the importance of global decriminalisation of homosexuality in the capital next week.
9th May 2012
Speaker of the House of Commons to push for gay rights in the Commonwealth 15
1:13 AM — John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, is expected to champion the rights of LGBT people in the Commonwealth in a speech next week, the Independent reports.
20th March 2012
John Bercow praises gay equality progress during Queen’s reign 29
2:03 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons has used a speech at Westminster to highlight how the fight for equality has progressed in the UK during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II as she marked her Diamond Jubilee year in Parliament.
14th March 2012
Call to recommend gay and trans protections in new Commonwealth Charter 7
2:28 PM — Individuals and organisations are being called on to suggest specific gay, transgender and intersex protections in a new consultation on the draft Commonwealth Charter.
19th October 2011
Australian foreign minister to call on Commonwealth to repeal anti-gay laws 35
1:28 PM — Australia's foreign minister, Kevin Rudd, will urge Commonwealth countries to decriminalise homosexuality. Heads of Commonwealth countries are to meet in Perth next week for the annual heads of government meeting (CHOGM).
1st September 2011
Call for Commonwealth meeting to discuss gay rights 22
4:54 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for next month's Commonwealth heads of government meeting to discuss gay rights. Forty of the 54 Commonwealth member states retain a ban on homosexuality.
26th May 2011
Men arrested for gay sex in Grenada 40
5:28 PM — Two men on the Caribbean island of Grenada have been arrested for having gay sex. The men, aged 41 and 17, could face up to ten years in prison - the maximum penalty for same-sex acts.
17th May 2011
Peter Tatchell: The Commonwealth is a bastion of homophobia 108
4:02 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the Commonwealth is a "bastion of global homophobia" and has failed to condemn abuses of LGBT people.