Human rights for gays

human rights for gays


"It should never be a crime to be gay," Mrs Clinton said at the United Nations in Geneva, adding that a country's cultural or religious traditions was no excuse for discrimination.

In October, UK Prime Minister David Cameron's suggestion that aid could be cut to countries that did not recognise gay rights was condemned by several African countries where homosexual acts are banned, including Ghana, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Last week Nigeria became the latest African country attempting to tighten homosexuality laws, with the Senate passing a bill banning same-sex marriages . Before it becomes law, it must be passed by the lower chamber and then signed by the president.

The announcement, described by the White House as the "first US government strategy to combat human rights abuses against gays and lesbians abroad", is also being seen as part of the Obama administration's outreach to gays and lesbians ahead of the 2012 election.

The official memorandum does not outline consequences for countries with poor records on gay rights. But it allows US agencies working abroad to consult with international organisations on discrimination.

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"It should never be a crime to be gay," Mrs Clinton said at the United Nations in Geneva, adding that a country's cultural or religious traditions was no excuse for discrimination.

In October, UK Prime Minister David Cameron's suggestion that aid could be cut to countries that did not recognise gay rights was condemned by several African countries where homosexual acts are banned, including Ghana, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Last week Nigeria became the latest African country attempting to tighten homosexuality laws, with the Senate passing a bill banning same-sex marriages . Before it becomes law, it must be passed by the lower chamber and then signed by the president.

The announcement, described by the White House as the "first US government strategy to combat human rights abuses against gays and lesbians abroad", is also being seen as part of the Obama administration's outreach to gays and lesbians ahead of the 2012 election.

The official memorandum does not outline consequences for countries with poor records on gay rights. But it allows US agencies working abroad to consult with international organisations on discrimination.

Human rights are for all peoples - each woman, man and child - in all places and at all times. This is the fifth of a series of Occasional Papers to be published examining the application of human rights to a specific area of concern confronting Australian society.

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has recognised and promoted for many years the human rights needs of all Australians. This paper is based on the Commission's submission to the Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee on the need to protect Australian citizens against discrimination and vilification on the grounds of their sexuality or trans-gender identity.

Policy officers contributing to the Commission's original submission to the Senate Committee on which this paper is based were Rosemary Grant, Andrew Larcos and Cara Seymour.

Gay men and lesbians face widespread discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation as do persons of trans-gender identity. The full realisation and protection of human rights and equality of opportunity require the adoption of positive measures to eliminate discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and trans-gender identity.

Australia's international human rights obligations require Australia to take all necessary measures to eliminate discrimination, including discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and trans-gender identity.

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