This Alien Legacy HRW Report 2008

The Origins of “Sodomy” Laws in British Colonialism

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This 66-page report describes how laws in over three dozen countries, from India to Uganda and from Nigeria to Papua New Guinea, derive from a single law on homosexual conduct that British colonial rulers imposed on India in 1860. This year, the High Court in Delhi ended hearings in a years-long case seeking to decriminalize homosexual conduct there. A ruling in the landmark case is expected soon.

Table of Contents
This Alien Legacy
I. Introduction
II. “Sodomy,” Colonialism, and Codification
III. Colonial Power on the Street and over the Body
IV. Interpreting Sodomy Laws: The Scope Expands
V. Conclusion: The Emancipatory Potential of Decriminalization
Recommendations
Acknowledgements


(FLASHBACK)
Hated to Death, November 15, 2004
Homophobia, Violence, and Jamaica’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic


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Table of Contents
Hated to Death:
Glossary of Key Terms
A Note on Jamaican language
I.SUMMARY
II. RECOMMENDATIONS
III. METHODS
IV. BACKGROUND
V.FINDINGS OF HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH’S INVESTIGATION
VI. GOVERNMENT RESPONSE
VII. REGIONAL EFFORTS TO ADDRESS HIV/AIDS
VIII. LEGAL STANDARDS
IX. CONCLUSION
Acknowledgments
Appendix

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Author: GLBTQ Jamaica Moderator

Activist and concerned gay man in Jamaica with over 19 years experience in advocacy and HIV/AIDS prevention work, LGBT DJ since 1996.

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