29 Oct '14, 10pm

Singapore: Court Ruling a Major Setback for Gay Rights

Singapore: Court Ruling a Major Setback for Gay Rights

(Berlin) – A Singapore Supreme Court ruling on October 29, 2014 to uphold the country’s ban on same-sex relations between consenting adult men is a major setback for equal rights in Singapore, Human Rights Watch said today. The court decision sends a message that gay men may lawfully be subject to discrimination. The Supreme Court held that section 377A of Singapore’ penal code, which criminalizes sexual intimacy between men, does not violate articles 9 and 12 of the country’s constitution. These articles guarantee the right to life and personal liberty, and provide that all people are entitled to equal protection before the law. “The Supreme Court’s decision is a terrible setback for homosexual people in Singapore who want to live their lives like everyone else, without government interference,” said Boris Dittrich , advocacy director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and tra...

Full article: http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/10/29/singapore-court-ruling...

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