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Human rights groups report damns treatment of LGBTIs across Commonwealth

in SRI LANKA, 11/11/2013

LGBTI rights groups from across the former British Empire have joined forces to highlighting the plight of LGBTIs in many Commonwealth member states during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo, Sri Lanka this week.

Homosexuality is still illegal in 41 of the 53 Commonwealth member states and the groups, including Australia’s Kaleidoscope Human Rights Foundation, have come together to release a damning report which demands Commonwealth leaders take action to stop widespread human rights abuses against LGBTI people.

Abuses outlined in the Speaking Out report include attempted murder, beatings and harassment, published by the UK’s Kaleidoscope Trust - with contributions from over 20 LGBTI organizations and testimonies of homophobia from almost every Commonwealth state.

‘I have lost two teeth, had my family property invaded and car damaged by two masked men … I have had stones thrown at me, experienced simulated gun shots, insults and physical harm on public transportation,’ Belize LGBTI rights activist Caleb Orozco writes in the report..

The report is backed by Sir Shridath Ramphal, a former Secretary General of the Commonwealth and Dr Purna Sen, a former Head of Human Rights at the Commonwealth, and demands the Commonwealth take action to address this injustice.

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