HIGHLIGHT

Impact of COVID-19 on Organisational Resilience

From advocacy to effect legislative change that discriminates against people of diverse SOGIESC, to community-building activities and direct service provision, COVID-19 is having an effect on critical human rights work across the Commonwealth.

In Botswana, TCEN member LEGABIBO have reported that their decriminalisation court case appeal, which was due to be heard in July, is unlikely to take place until next year and that they cannot communicate or advocate as planned.

In Malaysia, TCEN member Seksualiti Merdeka have reported that the the judicial review of the provision in the Malaysian Constitution that prohibits ‘sex against the order of nature’ has yet to be re-scheduled.

ECADE, who launched five constitutional challenges in Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Kits and Antigua are currently experiencing delays because of states of emergency measures in the respective countries. 

Naz Male Health Alliance had submitted a petition to the Lahore High Court to address gaps in the Trans Protection Acts, including sections of the act which impair trans peoples’ right to love and right to matrimony.

“The public spaces we were beginning to access are getting harder to access, while our opponents are not having the same problems.” - Human Dignity Trust, UK

“We have two civil suits pending and ongoing investigations into police brutality cases. These are all currently stalled.” - United Belize Advocacy Movement, Belize

“The public spaces we were beginning to access are getting harder to access, while our opponents are not having the same problems.” - Human Dignity Trust, UK