LGBTQI People and Human Rights

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex community faces discrimination, oppression and violence around the world. This is despite protections under international human rights treaties such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. There are many regional and national legal frameworks that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but unfortunately there are also states that still criminalise LGBTQI individuals. At the European level there are legal instruments such as the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and bodies working on this issue including the European Parliament’s LGBTI Intergroup. It is a struggle worldwide to ensure equality for people who do not conform to norms around gender and sexuality, and even with comprehensive legal frameworks there are often issues around implementation. HRWF advocates for the rights of all LGBTQI individuals to live free from persecution and ill-treatment based on their gender identity, sexual orientation or sex characteristics.

AUSTRALIA: Sydney women-only ocean pool under fire over transgender policy

Social media users criticise the exclusion of some trans women at McIver’s Ladies Baths, forcing a change of policy wording.   By Helen Sullivan   The Guardian (12.01.2021) - https://bit.ly/38CGwMy - A women-only ocean pool in Sydney’s eastern suburbs has...

El SALVADOR: No safe haven for LGBT people

Strengthen protections, end asylum pact with US.   By Neela Ghoshal   HRW (08.01.2021) - https://bit.ly/3qkN5ZV - Salvadoran president Nayib Bukele agreed on December 15 to implement an Asylum Cooperative Agreement with the US government. It allows US...

SCOTLAND: Legal challenge over definition of ‘woman’ gets under way

A legal challenge over the definition of the word “woman” has begun at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.   By Kirsty McIntosh The Courier (07.01.2021) - https://bit.ly/2JS3dme - Campaign group For Women Scotland is challenging the Scottish Government over the...

UGANDA: Anti-gay rhetoric ramps up fear among LGBT+ ahead of polls

President Yoweri Museveni is among politicians who have made homophobic speeches.   By Nita Bhalla   Thomson Reuters Foundation (06.01.2021) - https://tmsnrt.rs/3noMOUb - Homophobic comments by Uganda's president and other politicians are making some LGBT+...

BHUTAN parliament decriminalizes homosexuality, to delight of activists

The Himalayan kingdom is the latest Asian nation to ease restrictions on same-sex relationships.   By Gopal Sharma   Reuters (10.12.2020) - https://bit.ly/3gUe37o - A joint sitting of both houses of Bhutan's parliament approved a bill on Thursday to legalize...

INDONESIA: A gay ex-policeman takes his battle to court, a landmark case

Tri Teguh Pujianto, a 31-year-old former police brigadier was fired in 2018 after 10 years on the job, after police apprehended him and his partner.   By Stanley Widianto   Reuters (09.12.2020) - https://bit.ly/2WjIASL - The first gay Indonesian policeman to...

NETHERLANDS to compensate trans victims of forced sterilisation

Transgender people will get compensation of 5,000 euros each after Dutch apology.   By By Karolin Schaps   Thomson Reuters Foundation (01.12.2020) - https://bit.ly/3gtwgbB - The Dutch government has agreed to pay about 2,000 trans people who had to undergo...

THAILAND: Football in hijab: Muslim lesbians tackle stereotypes

In Thailand's Muslim-majority south, LBQ girls and women confront bias with football.   By Rina Chandran   Thomson Reuters Foundation (30.11.2020) - https://bit.ly/39RF3CR - Anticha Sangchai did not come out to her family until she was 30 and married with a...

Transgender Pakistanis find solace in a church of their own

For transgender Christians shunned by their own community, the new church is a refuge from a lifetime of pain.   Al Jazeera (26.11.2020) - https://bit.ly/3lAkU6C - Pakistan’s Christian transgender people, often mocked, abused and bullied, say they have found...

World AIDS Day 2020 – WHO calls for global solidarity

WHO (30.11.2020) - https://bit.ly/2Jt8f8z - On 1 December WHO is calling on global leaders and citizens to rally for “global solidarity” to maintain essential HIV services during COVID 19 and beyond - and to ensure continued provision of HIV services for children,...

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ILGA World (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) promotes the human rights of LGBTI people around the world.

OII Europe (Organisation Intersex International Europe) is an umbrella organisation that advocates for the human rights of intersex individuals.

RainbowHouse is a bar and information centre for the LGBTQI community, as well as a space for collaboration and events with over 50 LGBTQI organisations in Brussels.

Transgender Europe (TGEU) combats discrimination against trans people and has 112 member organisations in Europe and Central Asia.

 

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