UK Government uses Commonwealth’s ‘soft power’ to push member countries to decriminalise LGBTQ community

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07/29/2022

The Government has made use of the ‘soft power’ of the Commonwealth to attempt to influence a change in laws discriminating against the LGBTQ in more than half of the international organisation’s members, i can reveal. The Commonwealth Scholarships Commission (CSC), which is part of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), has launched a fellowship to offer members of the LGBT community from across the 56-member nation group places at some of the UK’s top universities. Professor Robin Mason, chairman of the CSC, revealed the fellowship programme will be part of the commission’s £28m annual budget and will ensure those people joining the programme from some of the 35 Commonwealth nations where homosexuality is considered a crime “are not compromised in any way”.

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