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  1. Tom in Lazybrook
    Tom in Lazybrook at |

    Id add South Korea to the list as they have compulsory conscription along with jailing for being Gay. Also unrecognized Donetsk, Lughansk, and South Ossetia

    Id argue that perhaps a new list of countries be also tracked based upon state sponsored/tolerated extreme denials of basic human rights or de facto impunity for perpetrators of anti gay violence. Those countries would include: all nations on the de jure illegal list plus Armenia, Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Kyrgyzstan.

    For me, the elements to be included on the de jure illegal list would include either police roundups or denials of basic rights to protest, operate a gay bar, or advocate visibilty where violence takes place, is not appropriately corrected by the state, and where that tolerated violence actually was allowed to successfully stop human rights for LGBT persons.

    Finally I suggest that you consider always using the term Russia to describe Chechnya. Chechnya is Russia. And Russia has denied any and all persecutions in the Southern Russian province of Chechnya.

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  2. Ernesto
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    Can you comment on the countries that currently are considering decriminalization? Either by changing their penal codes by the congress or by litigation.

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  3. Christopher Busby
    Christopher Busby at |

    It seems there are several countries actively considering repeal and might reach that point within a few years.

    Barbados and Jamaica both have ongoing court cases in the Caribbean and might be overturned in the next few years depending on speed of resolution. Trinidad and Tobago’s local victory has been appealed to the privy council and seems likely to be upheld.

    The Kenyan court decision was disappointing but I’ve heard rumor activists intend on appealing.

    Bhutan looks likely to legislatively repeal and Sri Lanka has an unclear situation on whether their laws have been rendered unconstitutional and unenforceable or not.

    Furthermore the Cook Islands have been slated for legislative repeal. Singapore is also facing ongoing litigation which might reverse its prior ruling affirming discrimination.

    Anyone known if I’m missing any potential movement? Seems like there are several possible developments which could bring down the number of anti-lgbt laws significantly.

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  4. Ernesto
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    Thank you Christopher and Colin for your informaron. I was also wondering about Namibia. I was surprised to learn that gay sex is criminalized but that there is a case in the courts brought by a two men couple married in South Africa. It’s interesting that they want their marriage to be recognized in a country where they could be sent to jail.

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  5. Colin Stewart
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    ILGA’s latest State-Sponsored Homophobia report includes this info about the legal situation in Namibia: “In Namibia, there is no codified sodomy provision,
    but it remains a crime in the country under the Roman-Dutch common law in force. A report issued by the Ombudsman of Namibia in 2013 specifies that sodomy is defined as “unlawful and intentional sexual relations per annum between two human males.”1 The definition excludes sexual relations per anum between heterosexual couples, and sexual relations between lesbian women. This definition also does not take into account whether the sexual intercourse takes place in public or in private or whether it is consensual or nonconsensual.” For more info, including the case of the same-sex couple, see the full report here: https://ilga.org/state-sponsored-homophobia-report-2019

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