Majority of Commonwealth countries still criminalise homosexuality

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Majority of Commonwealth countries still criminalise homosexuality
23rd July 2014

Homosexuality is still a criminal offence in 42 of the 53 countries that make up the Commonwealth.  Uganda is one of these.

Mable Mary Nalule, a campaigner for LGBT rights, was arrested in Uganda for her sexuality.  She has since entered the United Kingdom as a refugee. 

Mable said:  “The commonwealth should come out and say something about it, it’s actually a joke. It’s a very serious issue they should put in the charter.

“People are being prosecuted in Africa, in Uganda, some of us are refugees in this country because the Commonwealth has not done enough.”

Uganda released an Anti-Homosexuality Act which was signed in February prohibiting any forms of sexual relations between persons of the same sex.  

Mable, vice chair the Out & Proud Diamond, said the Commonwealth needs to do more to protect LGBT rights.

“I went to prison personally for my sexuality and now I’m here as a refugee, I can’t enjoy the freedom in my country of who I am as a lesbian,” she said.

“I think the Commonwealth is not doing enough they should have amended the rules for everybody to be equal,” she added.

 

Mable also drew on Tom Daley as an example.

 

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