A commentary and resource on Law and Sexuality by Professor Chris Ashford and guests
The BBC is reporting this morning that Sixty-six countries at the United Nations have called for homosexuality to be decriminalised. However 60 more countries rejected the claim stating it should be down to individual nations. There’s been a lot of celebration and discussion about the UN Declaration on Human Rights in the last couple of weeks (which celebrated 60 years last week) but news stories such as this must surely remind us how utterly ineffectual the UN remains in many areas of human rights. We are not talking about gay marriage/partnerships/unions, adoption rights, IVF rights, anti-discrimination laws, age of consent laws, unequal censorship laws; rather, we are talking about de-criminalising homosexuality. Preventing states from banging someone in a cell because of their sexuality.