New Commonwealth Charter may re-open sexuality debate in Pacific | Pacific Beat

New Commonwealth Charter may re-open sexuality debate in Pacific

New Commonwealth Charter may re-open sexuality debate in Pacific

Updated 13 March 2013, 12:15 AEDT

A global campaign is underway to persuade former British colonies to scrap any remaining laws making homosexuality illegal.

The campaign coincides with the signing by Queen Elizabeth of a new Commonwealth Charter that embraces universal human rights for all Commonwealth citizens.

Homosexuality remains illegal in several former British colonies in the Pacific including Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Fiji, with what is known as Section 377 still in force.

A group called All Out is calling on all Commonwealth leaders to take immediate steps to remove anti-gay colonial-era laws.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Andre Banks, Executive Director & Co-founder, All Out

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