Today on the blog we are celebrating the advancement of human rights. In a ground breaking move Angola has decriminalised homosexuality. There are sixty eight countries recognised by the UN that still criminalise homosexual conduct, but Angola is no longer one of them.
On the 23rd January 2019, the Angolan parliament took a vote which saw a huge majority of 155 members in favour of overhauling the existing criminal penal code. This is the first alteration of its kind since they gained independence from Portugal in 1975.
“In casting aside this archaic and insidious relic of the colonial past, Angola has eschewed discrimination and embraced equality.” – Human Rights Watch
The latest and shocking news from Washington has seen the nation and the world up in arms over Trumps latest policy. In a baffling move to undo the progress that the Obama administration made regarding transgender individuals, Trumps cohort has announced a new plan to define gender in a manner which could eradicate transgender recognition.
During the Obama administration a definition of gender was adopted that interpreted ‘sex’ to include ‘gender identiy’. It permitted recognition based on an individuals preference and psychological factors, meaning it was not restricted to gender at birth. There were problems reported as a consequence of this, such as conflict over the use of bathrooms, sleeping areas, or single sex arenas. However, these problems could seemingly have been resolved through education, more consideration or other dispute resolution means. To backtrack on the progress made and redefine the meaning of gender seems an unwarranted and disproportionate act in light of these problems. Read More »
More progressive news in the human rights sphere to report on today. Todays post will celebrate the actions of Japan as they make progress towards combatting LGBT discrimination.
On the 5th October 2018, Tokyo Metropolitan Government passed an act which bans the discrimination of others that is fuelled by sexual orientation or gender identity. The new law prohibits the use of public spaces to make hate speech in any capacity, thus perturbing haters who will now face charges if they breach the law. Additionally, the new act requires the public education of LGBT rights to be carried out through schools and the wider society. This is a welcomed step in the strive for equality, a universal right, in todays ever evolving society.
The law comes as a result of Tokyo hosting the 2020 olympics in the strive to foster peaceful games that are “inclusive and rights-respecting”. This is also largely due to the Read More »