“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela
The Young Queer Alliance organised a training session on “Rights of LGBTQIA+ persons in Mauritius” on 15 September 2021. The resource person of this session was Me. Rati Gujadhur, Barrister-at-Law at the Madun Gujadhur Chamber LLP. Me. Gujadhur provided an insight on the rights of LGBTQIA+ persons in Mauritius such as the current legal framework available in the respect, protection and promotion of human rights including LGBTQIA+ rights.
Participants present had the opportunity to learn about the role and functions of the current law institutions in the country as well as different laws such as the Constitution of Mauritius, The Equal Opportunities Act 2008, the Workers’ Right Act 2019 and the Data protection Act 2017.
Me. Gujadhur also gave an overview of the role of different Commissions established in the country where someone can file a complaint or report to the relevant authorities in case of discrimination, harrasment, etc. and shared the contact details of the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The current issues relevant to the LGBTQIA+ community in Mauritius namely change of civil status, adoption, same sex consensual relationship and marriage/civil unions were discussed and participants had the opportunity to deepen their understanding on these current issues.
Participants in the training had many exchanges of ideas on LGBTQIA+ issues and they were optimistic about the future of the situation of LGBTQIA+ people in Mauritius through an end note in the words of Mother Teresa: “Human Rights are not a privilege conferred by the government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity.” The training ended with an award of certificates of participation.
This activity has been organised in collaboration with the Collectif-Arc-En-Ciel under the “Strengthening the Inclusion and Social acceptance of LGBTQIA+ persons, through policy and mindset changes in Mauritius and Rodrigues”, an EU funded project.
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