New Secretary General talks on LGBT Rights
Secretary General Elect of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland has been responding to questions on whether one of her agenda items will be the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender community (LGBT).
She told a press conference at Douglas Charles airport on Friday 11th December, 2015, that she will not force Governments to change their laws regarding the LGBT community, but she expects to discuss with all classes of people around the world.
“I have made clear that the 53 countries are sovereign countries. The Secretary General has no ability to change the law of any state and that is fact. We also have the Commonwealth Charter which is an aspiration for every single member and we will work together on that charter to make sure that we all encourage and enable all our countries to seek unity. I am absolutely clear that all the countries are going to be looking at the World Bank data that says if you want to be truly wealthy you have to invest and create social capital; and that social capital has to allow every individual to give their best. So am I going to be encouraging people to think about how we can do that, of course but am I going to be dictating to anyone? No. I need to walk with people and I’m going to do a lot of listening.”