On the world map, Australia is represented as a colourful nation but the country faced embarrassment to see the position it held for human rights, particularly its position on the rights of the LGBTI community.
On the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), Australia realised it lagged behind several nations, which it believed to share an equal status in human rights were concerned. The creator of the map who used pink, green, and yellow colours to represent Australia told News.com.au that Australia’s lack of interest in one area is an “alarm.”
The Geneva-based international lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex association ILGA presented a report in the form of the map showing the contribution of the nations worldwide in making relevant global laws relating to sexual orientation. The report is officially called State Sponsored Homophobia 2016. Its release coincided with the IDAHOT held on Tuesday.
IDAHOT 2016’s theme focused on mental health and wellbeing. On the bright side, the ACT police force showed support for the LGBTI community of Canberra and flew rainbow flags at stations throughout Canberra.
Superintendent Cath Grassick said it was an ideal occasion to show how concerned the police force is for the community exhibiting homosexuality. “We’re very proud of our employees and we reflect the community we serve,” she said as quoted by the ABC. “We have a number of LGBTI employees working within the AFP and also as part of our gay and lesbian liaison officer network.”
The ILGA report stated that around 75 nations around the globe have declared homosexuality as a crime. The only positive aspect about this is that the numbers are down from 92 as recorded 10 years ago. According to the data, 13 countries still continue with the death penalty for those who are attracted towards the same sex. Countries like Iran, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia are among the nations who declare death penalty for those who desire to have further association with them.