December 19th, 2008

Karen O

This Alien Legacy

The Origins of "Sodomy" Laws in British Colonialism, from Human Rights Watch
via SAJAforum
This 66-page report describes how laws in over three dozen countries, from India to Uganda and from Nigeria to Papua New Guinea, derive from a single law on homosexual conduct that British colonial rulers imposed on India in 1860. This year, the High Court in Delhi ended hearings in a years-long case seeking to decriminalize homosexual conduct there. A ruling in the landmark case is expected soon.
cross-posted to southasianwomen and queerdesis