01/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

'Sodomy Laws' Rooted In British Colonialism

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 22 (IPS) - Although 66 countries signed a statement at the United Nations on Dec. 19 affirming that human rights protections extend to sexual orientation and gender identity, activists note that dozens of nations still criminalise homosexuality and seven impose the death penalty.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch says that the oppressive legacy of British colonialism is at the heart of many of these laws that penalise consensual sexual activity among adults of the same sex.


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