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Major LGBTQ victories in Europe and the Caribbean

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Two recent court rulings have dramatically advanced the human rights of LGBTQ+ people in Central Europe and the Caribbean. On 5 July, the High Court of Justice for the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda struck down the discriminatory legal provisions that criminalised same-sex relations.

The court found that these laws violated the right to liberty, protection of the law, freedom of expression, protection of personal privacy, and protection from discrimination.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Sexual Offences Act of 1995 criminalised “buggery,” defined as “sexual intercourse per anum by a male person with a male person or by a male person with a female person,” with up to 15 years in prison.

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