started this petition to
Solomon Islands Constitutional Reform Program (CRP),
Solomon Islands Constitutional Reform Unit (CRU),
Constitutional Congress (CC) and Eminent Persons Advisory Council (EPAC) of Solomon Islands,
Cabinet of Solomon Islands,
Constituent Assembly of Solomon Islands,
People of Solomon Islands
Sexual minorities in Solomon Islands are severely stigmatized and discriminated,
and even subjected to violence and harassment (in both employment and
education) on grounds of sexual orientation.
Same-sex acts of love are also illegal in Solomon Islands, due to the country's discriminating PENAL CODE.
We must act quickly, because the
latest draft of the new Constitution of Solomon Islands (advertised by the government on the billboard in the picture) explicitly
allows for “discrimination (and for advocacy of hatred, and for
incitement to cause harm) on the basis of sexual orientation”! This
draft is based “on the 4th and final Joint Plenary ever”; and will soon pass through the Cabinet of Solomon Islands, and through the Constituent
Assembly, to become the new Constitution of the country!
We must raise our voices at this moment, because one of the final steps of the Constitutional Reform (namely: state-building by the Constituent Assembly) was normally scheduled for 2015! The current Constitution (of the 1978 Independence
Order) has not been replaced yet ... but if nothing changes, the newly drafted Constitution will soon
guarantee these violations of international rights to be legally
committed by the government, by any
company and by any person!
Please sign now
to remove the current explicit allowance of sexual orientation
discrimination from the draft of the forthcoming Constitution, before
this draft becomes the factual new Constitution. Please sign now for
the constitutional protection of sexual minorities by adoption of the international rights
recognition of sexual orientation as a protected characteristic.
we can protect sexual minorities constitutionally, the laws from the
country's PENAL CODE which criminalize homosexuality will also be
overruled and nullified!
It has to be noted that, in Solomon
Islands, the Constitution is "the only legal instrument prohibiting
Be part of an urgently crucial step in countering the country's sexual orientation discrimination.
There rests a fierce taboo on this topic in Solomon Islands. Your signature can be the spark for local media to finally open reflection and to mature beyond gay bashing. Let's speak for the voices which cannot speak in Solomon Islands.
For more information, read the article “Sexual orientation [LGBTQ+] and the draft of the new Solomon Islands Constitution”. That article, together with a multi-lingual 'Press' introduction can be found at:
P.S.: This petition is running both on AVAAZ.org (here), as well as on change.org, at:
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Update as of 2 March 2016: