Posts Tagged ‘homosexuality’


Kate Gleeson

Dr. Kate Gleeson, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia

The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is in its closing stages, preparing its final report due at the end of this year. The Royal Commission was established in 2013 in response to allegations of cover-ups of child sexual abuse in religious and secular institutions.

The Commissioners have since embarked on an extensive project of truth recovery and restorative justice, investigating the organisational practices of institutions ranging from dance schools, swim schools and yoga ashrams, to schools, Churches and orphanages of different denominations, although most allegations concern the Catholic Church.

Throughout the past four years the Royal Commission has held public hearings into more than 40 investigatory case studies, and conducted over 6700 private hearings for survivors to tell their stories unchallenged. Another 2000 private sessions are scheduled before the end of the year. Information gathered in hearings is believed to have led to at least 120 prosecutions of historical child sex offences across the country. (more…)

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Jonathan Worgan

(Guest blogger, Durham Law School, Durham University)

On the 16th November 2010, the General Assembly Third Committee amended the Resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. The amendment removed a specific reference to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation from paragraph 6(b) and replaced it with the phrase, “discriminatory reasons on any basis”. The original phrase had been part of the resolution for more than a decade and its removal has sparked headlines such as, “United Nations Greenlights Gay Executions” and “UN General Assembly votes to allow gays to be executed without Cause”. Whilst shocking at first glance, this post will examine what impact this amendment will really have on UN action in the area of LGB rights. (more…)

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