New Open Source Publication: Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in The Commonwealth

Thursday 27 June 2013
Human rights in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity are at last reaching the heart of global debates. Yet 78 states worldwide continue to criminalise same-sex sexual behaviour, and due to the legal legacies of the British Empire, 42 of these – more than half – are in the Commonwealth of Nations. In recent years many states have seen the emergence of new sexual nationalisms, leading to increased enforcement of colonial sodomy laws against men, new criminalisations of sex between women and discrimination against transgender people.

New Human Rights Consortium (HRC) and ICWS joint publication on LGBT rights in the Commonwealth to be launched in Toronto and London

Wednesday 5 June 2013
Latest Human Rights Consortium publication (published in collaboration with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies), Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in The Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change , edited by Corinne Lennox and Matthew Waites, will be launched on 26 June in Toronto, Canada, and on 05 July in London (5.30pm, Chancellor's Hall, Senate House). Launch flyer  (Toronto)

ICwS fellow John Cowley presents at Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago

Friday 24 May 2013
The NGC Bocas Lit Fest, based in Trinidad and Tobago, is an annual celebration of books, writing, and writers. The third annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest was scheduled for 25 to 28 April, 2013. Express Publications Editor Deborah John went one-on-one with John Cowley, author of 'Carnival, Canboulay and Calypso - Traditions in the Making', to discuss Lovey's Original Trinidad String Band and its musical significance. To read the Trinidad Express article in full click here.

Emeka Anyaoku Chair inaugural lecture published by The Round Table

Tuesday 14 May 2013
'The Developmental State Experiment in Africa: the Experiences of Ghana and South Africa', the inaugural lecture of   Professor Joseph Ayee , ICwS Emeka Anyaoku Visiting Chair has been published in The Round Table's Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.  To read the article in full click here. 

Sri Lanka CHOGM 2013: With Whom Does the Decision Lie?

Friday 26 April 2013
Well in advance of today’s meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), the Commonwealth Secretariat was attempting to dampen expectations that the Group would act decisively in response to growing concerns about the internal situation in Sri Lanka, which is due to host the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). On 26 March, Richard Uku, a spokesman for the Commonwealth Secretary General, confirmed that the CHOGM would be held in Sri Lanka, and that the country would not be on the CMAG agenda.