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CEDAW and the decriminalisation of same-sex relationships

Chinkin, Christine and Yoshida, Keina (2022) CEDAW and the decriminalisation of same-sex relationships. European Human Rights Law Review, 2022 (3). 288 - 298. ISSN 1361-1526

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Rosanna Flamer-Caldera—a lesbian, human rights activist and Executive Director of a non-governmental organisation that campaigns for LGBTI+ rights in Sri Lanka—claimed before the CEDAW Committee that the criminalisation of lesbian sexual conduct has caused her to experience discrimination, harassment, stigmatisation, and abuse. In an opinion in March 2022 the CEDAW Committee found the state to be in violation of CEDAW art.2(a) and (c)-(g), art.5(a), art.7(c), art.15(1), and art.16. The Committee made a number of specific recommendations to redress the individual’s situation and some more general recommendations that seek to have transformative impact within the state. This article discusses the opinion in that case, which is the first to have been brought through the individual communication process to a UN human rights treaty body concerning criminalisation of same-sex sexual conduct between women. It compares the case with the 1994 opinion in Toonen v Australia, where the Human Rights Committee found the criminalisation of consensual same-sex male conduct to be in violation of the ICCPR and considers the contribution of the opinion to the “queering of international law”.

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Divisions: IGA: Centre for Women Peace and Security
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2022 16:33
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2024 05:18

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