Press Release: Commonwealth states should uphold charter values, says Global Minorities Alliance

Speakers: L to R: Mridul Wadhwa, Deirdre Flanigan, Shahid Khan and Peter Tatchell

Speakers: L to R: Mridul Wadhwa, Deirdre Flanigan, Shahid Khan and Peter Tatchell

The Commonwealth theme of ‘welcome’ is a distant dream for some citizens in commonwealth states, says Global Minorities Alliance.

Global Minorities Alliance (GMA), a Glasgow based human rights organisation which fights for the rights of the minorities worldwide, organised a discussion panel at Glasgow University Memorial Chapel to discuss the human rights issues present in member states of the commonwealth.

The talk was the part of GMA’s campaign to raise awareness of human rights abuses, from the anti- conversions laws in India to the criminalisation of LGBTI communities in a number of the African countries represented at the Commonwealth Games.

The event was an opportunity to create a space for concerned people to share and learn from each other’s experiences as well as to discuss human rights issues at home and abroad.

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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.

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Commonwealth Games of homophobia?

Commonwealth Meeting 2013

By Peter Tatchell

When the Queen opens the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on 23 July it will be a joyous moment for athletes, spectators and a global audience of millions. But for many victims of human rights abuses in Commonwealth member states the celebrations will seem misplaced.

How can the Commonwealth be revered when human rights abuses are so widespread within it: often including detention without trial, torture, the death penalty, media censorship, sexist and ethnic discrimination and restrictions on the rights to protest, strike and freedom of expression?

Some of the most marginalised victims of persecution in the Commonwealth are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex (LGBTI) people.

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