Section 377: Not yet a lost cause

11.12.13 will be remembered as a Black Day in India for criminalizing homosexuality once again after four years. The Supreme Court of India overturned a historic ruling of 2009 by the Delhi High Court, which legalised homosexual intercourse for the first time in India.

By Caroline Bertram, Gitanjali More


Redefining “Sexual Intercourse Contrary to Nature”

On January 28, 2014, Naji al-Dahdah, a magistrate in Jdeideh el-Metn, Lebanon, issued a ruling acquitting a transexual individual accused of engaging in sexual relations with men. The ruling carries great significance, not just for the legal status of transexuals, but also because of its implications for interpreting Article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code.

By Youmna Makhlouf

Shadow report on the Violations of the Rights of LGBT in Serbia

In March 2009, the Serbian National Assembly narrowly passed the Anti-Discrimination Law. This Shadow Report evaluates the law’s application and provides recommendations of how to improve implementation and thus the Human Rights situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Inter* individuals in Serbia.

„Law in China is a sleeping Beauty“

Through her legal advice association the „Beijing Zhongze Women Legally Consultant & Service Centre“ the lawyer Guo Jianmei is committed to promoting women’s rights in China for over 15 years.

By Peer Junker


The judiciary, legislations and law, are an integral component of democracy. Extensive judicial framework requirements (e.g family law) are preconditions and an essential element to work towards thorough gender equality. In 1948 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations and had a huge impact on future changes. In 1981 The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) had been implemented. Political procedures as well as legislation, that are discriminating women, are in the meanwhile prosecuted in almost all nations.
The Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Gunda Werner Institute are functioning worldwide as a supporter of women and their groups to enforce the CEDAW.

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