Baroness Scotland will prioritize LGBT in Commonwealth of Nations

Baroness Scotland, the former Attorney General for England and Wales and newly elected Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, has pledged to spend her first two years in office trying to persuade member states to decriminalize homosexuality by 2018.  Homosexual acts are illegal in 40 of the 53 Commonwealth nations.  

In particular, Scotland will convey “economic issues in relation to human rights.”  Homophobia is estimated to cost Commonwealth countries like Nigeria and India in excess of 1 percent of GDP per year.  

An editorial in The Independent has praised Scotland for her approach, stating that economic arguments are the most effective way to advocate for LGBT rights in growing economies.  

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