Singapore Upholds Colonial Anti-Gay Laws: Being Gay Remains Illegal For 5.7M People


Singapore’s High Court today ruled to uphold the criminalisation of homosexuality, the Human Dignity Trust have confirmed. The decision would have overturned an anti-gay colonial law instated in 1938 under British rule. Gay rights activists were challenging the law, following success in India’s supreme court to throw out similar laws. The 377A clause bans men specifically from any act of gross indecency with another male person. It is punishable by up to two years in prison. Lawyers for the activists Eugene Thuraisingam LLP, tell me “we will be reviewing the judgement carefully.” One of the claims they made was the anti-gay clause contravenes the right to speech and assembly.

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