Sadly, India Moves Backwards on Human Rights

New York, N.Y.  We have been very concerned at India’s giant leap backwards recently in concern to gay and lesbian rights – they have re-criminalized homosexuality.  This note arrived from an Indian-American friend at All Out:

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Dear James,

I just became a criminal. India’s Supreme Court brought back our anti-gay law. Now, lesbian, gay, bi and trans people like me could face jail, blackmail or worse.

The Government says it wants to stop this law, but they’re afraid of upsetting some voters before next year’s election. So they’re stalling – but they’re worried about their international reputation too.

We need a massive swell of voices from India and around the world to outweigh the Government’s worries about upsetting anti-gay voters in India, and push them to end this law.

Will you help by signing the petition right now, then asking your friends and family to do the same?
https://www.allout.org/india-377

Since the Supreme Court decision, pressure has been growing on our leaders in India. The UN says that applying this law – called Section 377 – to lesbian, gay, bi and trans people breaks international law. And, protests here and around the world have been reported in the media.

Our Law Minister, Kapil Sibal says the Government doesn’t support the anti-gay law, but so far he hasn’t said they’ll do anything about it. If we don’t get them to act soon, this law could stay in place for years.

We’ve got an election coming soon and a conservative party that’s in favour of this law is likely to win. Can you sign this petition to end the anti-gay law in India?
https://www.allout.org/india-377

Section 377 was introduced by Britain when it ruled India centuries ago. Now, some people defend this law by saying that my identity is a dangerous, western import. But they’re wrong – for 4,000 years India has celebrated diversity, not just gay and lesbian people but hijra people too, a gender identity with an ancient history.

When Uganda announced its now stalled ‘Kill the Gays’ bill, I signed a petition with All Out because I wanted to help, to stand with Ugandans and people around the world. And I acted on Russia with over half a million All Out members too. Together we’ve made their anti-gay law bigger news than the winter Olympics.

Will you stand with me now against this life-destroying law in India?  Sign here: https://www.allout.org/india-377

Thanks for standing with me,

Ria, All Out member, and the whole All Out team.

P.S.: “Love always wins. You are not alone! Keep fighting, keep strong!” Isadora, All Out member from Brazil. Thanks, Isadora and everyone who sent 60,000 messages of support. Please sign the petition now too: https://www.allout.org/india-377

SOURCES:

Anti-gay ruling in India sparks fears of historical rewind, Al Jazeera America:
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/12/14/anti-gay-ruling-inindiasparksfeelingsofhistoricalrewind.html

Suresh Kumar Kaushal v. Naz Foundation – Supreme Court of India decision
https://allout-production-site.s3.amazonaws.com/allout-171-india_377_decision.pdf

Indian ban on gay sex violates international law: U.N, Reuters:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/12/us-india-rights-gay-un-idUSBRE9BB09V20131212

Government likely to challenge SC order on Section 377, IBN Live:
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/government-likely-to-challenge-sc-order-on-section-377/439281-3-64.html

India’s transgendered – the Hijras, New Statesman:
http://www.newstatesman.com/world-affairs/2008/05/hijras-indian-changing-rights

 

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