A gay man filed a landmark claim challenging Dominica’s homophobic laws that criminalise “buggery” and “gross indecency,” targeting the consensual sexual activity of LGBT people.
In the Americas, violence, discrimination, prejudice and stereotypes prevent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people from fully exercising their rights. However, significant progress has also been made towards protecting, recognizing and guaranteeing the rights of LGBTI people in a number of countries in the region.
The following country profiles are derived in part from sections of the Human Rights Watch 2019 World Report that relate to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
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The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN) welcomes the decision by the Commonwealth to approve the Network for accreditation as a Commonwealth organisation.
A recommendation to legalize consensual buggery among adults in Dominica, which was submitted to a committee recently set up to review the country’s Sexual Offenses Act was denied, Legal Consultant, Ray Harris has revealed.
The government is working on tightening the Sexual Offenses Act of 1998 and the committee, under the chairmanship of Harris, was set up in October 2015 to make necessary observations and recommendations. A draft will soon be sent to parliament for approval.
Local group, Minority Rights Dominica (MiriDom), has been calling on the government to take another look at the law with a view to having it repealed. Read more via Dominica News Online