International human rights law and the criminalization of same-sex sexual conduct

by | May 3, 2010 | Advocacy, Analysis briefs

The most visible example of oppression on the grounds of sexual orientation is the continued criminalization of sexual activity between consenting adult partners of the same sex in many states around the world.

Regardless of whether they are enforced, these so-called sodomy laws have the effect of stigmatizing an entire group of people as criminal.  International law on the issue is clear.  Such laws violate human rights.  In this ICJ Briefing Paper, we analyze the application of international human rights law to the criminalization of same-sex sexual conduct.

International human rights law and the criminalizaion of same-sex sexual conduct-anyalsis brief-2010 (full text, PDF)

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