The Human Dignity Trust’s new film, A Wake Up Call: Hate Crime Law in the Commonwealth, commissioned and produced in association with creative agency The Good Side, and funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, was shot in 2019 in Belize, India, Kenya, Seychelles and Singapore.

Every year, millions of LGBT people across the Commonwealth face physical, sexual and psychological abuse and violence because of who they are and who they love.

Legal reform, through the provision of hate crime legislation, is crucial to addressing hate-based violence by explicitly protecting marginalised individuals and communities from targeted abuse, yet fewer than 10 of the 54 Commonwealth countries have legislation to recognise, prevent and punish hate crimes, including those committed on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The film boasts high production values and is a heartfelt and compelling call to action and includes interviews with LGBT activists, government officials, lawmakers and hate crimes experts.

Watch A Wake up Call here:

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