Ghana’s Homophobic and Heteronormative Colonial Laws: An International Law Perspective

In this post, the authors delve into the veracity behind Ghana’s legal regime on LGBTQ+ rights. They attempt to do this by scrutinising its legal framework, the influence of its socio-religious fabric on the same, and its international legal obligations. The authors argue that LGBTQ+ rights, as opposed to ‘special rights’, are inherently embedded in the body of international human rights. Further, they argue that there is ample room in the Ghanaian Constitution to honour and import the construction of ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ to include sexual orientation and gender identity as per the international standards. Continue reading Ghana’s Homophobic and Heteronormative Colonial Laws: An International Law Perspective

Conversion Therapy in India: In Light of Sushma v. Commissioner of Police

In this post, in light of a recent judgment from the Madras High Court, the author critically analyses the practice of conversion therapy and the severely adverse impact it has left on the LGBTQIA+ community. The author also expounds upon the grounds on which it could be banned in India as per precedents, existing laws and conventions, and by taking inspiration from countries which have successfully banned this social evil. Continue reading Conversion Therapy in India: In Light of Sushma v. Commissioner of Police