All Welcome? Human Rights and Commonwealth Countries

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Global Minorities Alliance (GMA) a Glasgow based human rights organisation which fights for the rights of the minorities worldwide is organising an informal talk at Glasgow University Memorial Chapel to discuss the human rights issues in members of Commonwealth countries.

The talk is part of GMA’s work to raise awareness about human rights abuses in the member states from the anti- conversions laws in India to the criminalisation of LGBTI communities in African member states of the Commonwealth.

Peter Tatchell, renowned LGBTI human rights activist is going to speak at the event he said:
“I am a proud supporter of Global Minorities Alliance. They do great work challenging a wide range of persecutions in many countries. I am delighted to be speaking at their event.

“My talk will focus on the persecution of gay people in nearly 80 countries – over half of them are members of the Commonwealth. Even today, no international human rights convention explicitly acknowledges the right of gay people to equality and non-discrimination. The specific right to love a person of the same-sex is not enshrined in international human rights law. This is a grave injustice that gives a green light to the many countries that imprison lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex LGBTI) people.

Shahid Khan, Vice-Chairperson of Global Minorities Alliance, said:
“What with the Commonwealth Games coming to our doorstep, we are delighted to welcome everybody to Glasgow – however, as a human rights organisation we are aware that not all commonwealth citizens are welcome in their own countries, with certain communities persecuted or even punished by law because of who they are.

“With this in mind we have organised the event “All Welcome? Human Rights and Commonwealth Countries” to raise awareness of human rights issues in commonwealth countries, to look at what people are facing and what can be done about it. With speakers discussing persecution against women, LGBT persecution and religious persecution, we hope to open up a debate about what it means to be a citizen in a wider commonwealth when you aren’t considered a full citizen of your own nation.

All Welcome? Human Rights and Commonwealth Countries


  • Peter Tatchell (Peter Tatchell Foundation)
  •     Mridul Wadhwa (Shakti Women Aid )
  •     Deirdre Flanigan (Scottish Human Rights Commission)
  •     Shahid Khan (Global Minorities Alliance)

Time & Date:
Monday, 21 July 2014 5.30pm

University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel
West Quadrangle
Main Building Gilmorehill Campus
G12 8QQ
United Kingdom

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