Singapore High Court Upholds Criminalization of Male Homosexuality
“Plaintiff Tan Eng Hong will Appeal Today’s Decision”
Today Justice Quentin Loh released a judgment in the Constitutional challenge of statute 377A of the Singapore Penal Code, upholding the law which makes intimacy between men an arrestable offence. In a 54-page judgment, Justice Loh has found that the statute has not infringed the rights of the plaintiff, Mr Tan Eng Hong, and is not inconsistent with Articles 9 and 12 of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore, which ensure that one will not be deprived of his life or personal liberty save in accordance with law and that all persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law, respectively.
In response to today’s judgment, Mr M Ravi, Mr Tan’s lawyer who has acted pro bono in this matter for more than 3 years, is not discouraged.
He says, “We will continue to fight until we collectively position ourselves on the right side of history, and towards a more inclusive society in Singapore.”