Please Recognise Gay and Lesbian People in Mauritius
  • Petitioned Government of Mauritius

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Government of Mauritius
Mauritian Ambassador in the UK
Office of Immigration
Tourism Office of Mauritius
Office of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare
Mauritian Embassy of South Africa
Mauritian Embassy in Washington, the USA
Mauritian Embassy in New York, the USA
Mauritian Embassy of France
Electoral Commission of Mauritius
Mauritian Embassy of Germany
Mauritian Embassy of Australia
Office of Foreign Affairs
Mauritian Embassy of Belgium
Principal Assistant Secretaries
Mr PURSUNON
Assistant Secretaries
Mr GAONJUR
Government of Mauritius
Government of Mauritius
Navinchandra Ramgoolam

Please Recognise Gay and Lesbian People in Mauritius

    1. Victor Clarkson
    2. Petition by

      Victor Clarkson

Mauritius, the beautiful, tropical island. Holiday destination to millions and home to almost 1,300,000 people of different size, gender, religion, ethnicity and sexuality.

This petition has been created because the law in Mauritius doesn't officially recognise that LGBT people exist.

Every human being has the right to protection, and to live their lives as they wish and to love who they want to.

It is never acceptable to discriminate against someone on the grounds of their gender identity or sexual orientation and the law in Mauritius must reflect this, just as it does in the UK, Europe, America, Australia and many other countries that respect human rights.

While most of the modern world is enforcing the protection of LGBT people and legalising marriage for same-sex couples, in Mauritius, gay people still live in fear of anybody even finding out they're gay.

There are thousands of LGBT Mauritians, but they're forced to pretend they are straight out of intense fear from violence and hate experienced by those who do come out. 

The Government of Mauritius has established an Equal Opportunities Act and set up the Equal Opportunities Commission that claims to protect people from discrimination and ill treatment based on sexual orientation.

Yet it is still illegal to be gay in Mauritius.

It's time the government followed through on its commitment to human rights by enforcing it's existing laws and ammending the outdated, discriminatory laws, such as Section 250, that breach the every day rights of its citizens and their partners.

We ask the Mauritian government to recognise our basic human rights, and update the law to match the laws of other civilised nations in the modern world with the following motions:

1. Repeal Section 250 criminalising sexual acts between consenting adults that are not purely for the sake of reproduction

2. Enforce protections for LGBT people against discrimination and hate speech

3. Recognise same-sex partnerships from other nations for visa applications for partners of Mauritian citizens, and introduce a form of civil union that would allow same-sex couples in Mauritius to register a partnership and benefit from the same rights as married heterosexuals

4. Promote and encourage accurate representations of LGBT people in the media to reduce levels of stigma against LGBT people

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. An Email to ILGA

      Victor Clarkson
      Petition Organizer

      Dear ILGA,

      Although our nation was one of the many states that voted in favour of your well deserved UN accreditation, the vote on our part was a farce.

      Being gay is not even technically legal in our country, and ignorance on the subject is rife due to the firm grip certain religious ‘pillars’ of the community have on our government and the people. For our leaders to visit other nations and nod their heads in agreement on the rights of LGBT people is hypocrisy when they fly back home and continue to ignore our basic human rights....

    3. 165 Signatures, Some Clarity and a Name

      Victor Clarkson
      Petition Organizer

      After just over 24 hours, we're already getting close to 200 signatures!

      This is a great start, but we can do better!

      We've added the following terms to the letter, just to be more clear of what it is we're asking for.

      1. Repeal Section 250 criminalising sexual acts between consenting adults that are not purely for the sake of reproduction

      2. Enforce protections for LGBT people against discrimination and hate speech

      3. Recognise same-sex partnerships from other nations for visa applications for partners of Mauritian citizens, and introduce a form of civil union that would allow same-sex couples in Mauritius to register a partnership and benefit from the same rights as married heterosexuals

      4. Promote and encourage accurate representations of LGBT people in the media to reduce levels of stigma against LGBT people

    4. 140 Signatures and an Official Website!

      Victor Clarkson
      Petition Organizer

      We now have an official website and mailing list, thanks to Cyber Island Ltd for supporting our cause.

      We will continue to post updates here, on the site and via email to everyone who subscribes.

    5. Special thanks

      Victor Clarkson
      Petition Organizer

      A big thanks to Nicolas Ritter, former president of Collectif Arc-en-Ciel and Benjamin Cohen, director of PinkNews.co.uk for signing our petition.

      Please help us spread the word.

      If both of you reach out to the people you know, we will win this battle.

    6. 100 Signatures!

      Victor Clarkson
      Petition Organizer

      This is a massive milestone for epetitions.

      100 people saw the link on the first day, and signed it.

      100 emails were sent to Mauritian government officials all over the world.

      The world is with us, we just need to tell them what's going on, and they help us get this broken law fixed.

      We can't stop, more people need to know what life is like for LGBT people in Mauritius. While they are protesting for FULL marriage equality, we don't even have civil unions, a safe place to go out or basic levels of respect from members of the public.

      We need signatures from all countries. Our Prime Minister needs to know the rest of the world is watching.

    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. Our Facebook profile has been blocked by Facebook

      Victor Clarkson
      Petition Organizer

      Facebook has blocked our Facebook profile. We must have been reported by too many haters. We've written to Collectif Arc-en-Ciel, the ONLY LGBT organisation in Mauritius. We hope to hear from them soon, and that they will help us to spread the word so we can get more signatures and more emails sent to those ministers.

      A big thanks to all 65 that have signed as of this moment, and to all future signatories. You've helped change our future.

      Please register on our forums to keep updated.

    9. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • luxmee deoli CHAMOUNY, MAURITIUS
      • about 2 years ago

      I do not discriminate because we do not choose to love a person according to his/her gender just because it is what is considered to be right in in the society.Everyone was born with the same right to choose the one they love regardless of their gender .

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    • Lorena Tapia DELANO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      i am Mexican American girl in love with a Mauritian girl it is wrong to keep us from having a marriage. i didn't get to vote on your marriage so don't vote on mine. its simple if you don't agree with gay marriage don't marry someone from the same sex.

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    • PL Kathy VACOAS, MAURITIUS
      • about 2 years ago

      I really think than this country has to improve.. A change is to be impose!! It's a MUST!! ^^

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    • Jay Goolaup YORK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Discriminating against people because of their sexual orientation is barbaric and backward. Let's move into the 21st century, Mauritius, and this applies to the government as well as a significant proportion of the population who nonchalantly and sometimes actively engage in homophobic behaviour.

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    • KINGSLEY CALAMBI CUREPIPE, MAURITIUS
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm gay and the government must vote for a law in favour of LGBT people living in Mauritius!!!

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