AHRCentre Project Director Jed Horner comments on Commonwealth Charter against all forms of discrimination

Gay and lesbian rights groups are calling for recognition of over 40 former British colonies that maintain colonial-era anti-homosexuality laws.

In light of Queen Elizabeth II signing of the Commonwealth Charter against all forms of discrimination on March 11, the New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (NSW GLRL) highlighted the need to repeal laws that ban homosexuality. 

The Charter binds Commonwealth nations to recognise that they are “opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.”

AHRCentre Project Director and NSW GLRL Policy Officer Jed Horner said that while his organisation welcomes these measures, by grouping discrimination based on sexual orientation under “other grounds,” the Charter falls short.

“We are concerned that it does not contain an explicit recognition of the need to repeal laws banning ‘homosexuality’ and outlaw discrimination and vilification on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status,” he said.

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