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April 2013

The Queen’s speech on the revised Commonwealth Charter is not a sign that Her Majesty is fighting for gay rights, despite what the Mail on Sunday (MoS) declared on its front page in March.

     According to an article in the New Statesman, the Queen neither wrote the speech on the Commonwealth Charter nor had any say in its wording.

     The wording, which has been revised, now states simply: ‘We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds’.

     Although the MoS stated this was the Queen’s championing of minorities, it has done nothing to prevent many Commonwealth countries from carrying out ‘draconian’ measures to combat homosexuality.

     The New Statesman report highlighted the death penalty that was called for in Uganda in 2009, as well as the fact that homosexuality is illegal in Trinidad and Tobago, Pakistan and Nigeria.

            It claimed that, despite the measured wording of the charter, neither the Queen nor the UK has a policy to stress that rights be imposed on Commonwealth countries that execute gay people.




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