04 August 2023 is a historic day for the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) people in Mauritius as we no longer need to live with the constant fear of being criminalised for being LGBTQ. In the cases of Ah-Seek v/s the State of Mauritius and Fokeerbux & Ors. v/s the State of Mauritius in the presence of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Commissioner of Police, the Supreme Court of Mauritius declared “that section 250(1) of the Criminal Code is unconstitutional and violates section 16 of the Constitution in so far as it prohibits consensual acts of sodomy between male adults in private and should accordingly be read so as to exclude such consensual acts from the ambit of section 250(1).”
As a queer youth, we have a duty to engage, with broad stakeholders, on different fronts and tackling diverse themes, by acting on our aspirations rather than being bystanders.
For the Young Queer Alliance, this IDAHOBIT is an opportunistic crossroad of reflection building together and stronger as a strengthened movement through equal partnerships with other Civil Society Organisations, activists, Governments, private sector organisations, religious bodies, diplomatic missions, development partners, donors and Human Rights Institutions locally and internationally in responding to the challenges faced by LGBTQ people in Mauritius. “Together always: United in Diversity,” this is who we are as a Nation!
The social and political transformation of Mauritius would not be a reality if issues like the human rights of LGBTQ people, women representation and participation, equal opportunities, rights of ethnic minorities, economic empowerment of the disadvantaged, the disabled, the conditions of our fellow citizens in Rodrigues and of the Outer Islands, ecological considerations and climate change, freedom of the press, the youth, migration issues and workers rights are not taken on board, altogether.
Geneva, 16 June 2022 – Over 1,117 civil society organisations from 134 States and Territories delivered a joint global statement calling for the renewal of the mandate of the UN Independent Expert on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).
Young LGBT activists have asked for constitutional redress before the Supreme Court of Mauritius on the basis that Section 250 (1) of the Criminal Code infringes their constitutional rights
Les 19 et 20 mai 2022, la Young Queer Alliance (YQA) a organisé une formation pour les journalistes sur comment rapporter la problématique des personnes LGBTQIA++ dans les médias.
The theme of this year’s IDAHOBIT: “Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights”, is of utmost relevance in countries, like Mauritius, where being LGBTQ is criminalised, bodily autonomy is policed and the core identities of LGBTQ people are violated.
Questions à Me Isabelle Schoenacker-Rossi, membre du conseil d’administration d’Avocats Sans Frontières France: «Surprise que des Mauriciens demandent le droit d’asile en France»
Despite the progress made, in Mauritius, the different laws do not cater for a number of employment related rights, conditions and benefits for LGBTQ people – trans people have no labour rights soever under the different laws, no workers’ benefits for a same-sex partner in case of the death of the other working partner and skewed discrimination for LGBTQ people under the Civil Service Family Protection Scheme Act.