The Charter of the Commonwealth provides –
Article II. Human Rights
” … We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds” [D1.2].
On 11 November 2013. The Kaleidoscope Trust released a report which shows that in the 41 of the 53 member states where homosexuality remains illegal, the Commonwealth is letting down hundreds of thousands of its citizens whose lives are blighted by homophobia, criminalisation and discrimination [D1.4], [R1.3].
On 14 December 2012, all Commonwealth heads of government agreed to the Charter of The Commonwealth setting out the “core values of the organisation and the aspiration of its members” [D1.2], [R1.1].
The words “other grounds” are said to refer to sexuality however any specific references to gay people are not included to avoid antagonising Commonwealth countries that retain laws against homosexuals [R1.1].