The Rainbow in Asia

The Rainbow in Asia: Homosexual Law Reform in Asia and the Pacific

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG 

Wednesday 20th June, 4:30pm-6:00pm

St James’ Hall

Most of Australia’s neighbours in the countries of Asia and the Pacific retain the criminal laws introduced during British colonial days against LGBTIQ people (homosexuals and transgender). The recent meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government in London made absolutely no progress on this subject. Indeed, it was not even mentioned in the final communiqué. Some countries of Asia have even gone backwards in their treatment of gay people: notably Borneo where the death sentence has been reintroduced and Bangladesh and Indonesia where violence is on the increase. Against this background and developments in the United Nations Human Rights Council, Michael Kirby will review the prospects of improvement in this area. He will refer to the role played by Faith communities in resisting change and even in increasing hostility, and what can be done to improve the present situation of inequality, discrimination, danger and injustice

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