UK PM Might regrets British position over anti-gay legal guidelines in former colonies

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa Might mentioned on Tuesday she deeply regretted Britain’s position in criminalizing same-sex relations in its former colonies, saying such legal guidelines, usually handed below British rule and nonetheless in impact, had been “fallacious then and fallacious now”.

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa Might leaves 10 Downing Road after assembly Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in London, April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Might was talking at a gathering of the Commonwealth, a community of 53 largely former-British colonies which London is seeking to as a solution to undertaking Britain’s affect around the globe after it leaves the European Union subsequent yr.

“Internationally discriminatory legal guidelines made a few years in the past proceed to have an effect on the lives of many individuals, criminalizing similar intercourse relations and failing to guard ladies and women,” Might mentioned.

“I’m all to conscious that these legal guidelines had been usually put in place by my very own nation, They had been fallacious then and they’re fallacious now.”

When the week-long Commonwealth Heads of Authorities Assembly (CHOGM) received underway on Monday, campaigners launched a petition calling for Britain to apologize for colonial period legal guidelines which outlaw same-sex exercise in 37 of the 53 member nations. Some impose the dying penalty for such offences.

“As United Kingdom’s Prime Minister I deeply remorse each the truth that such legal guidelines had been launched and the legacy of discrimination violence and even dying that persists in the present day,” Might advised the assembly in London.

Reporting by William James; modifying by Michael Holden

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