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.

Singapore gay sex ban: Court rejects appeals to overturn law

A bid to overturn a law that criminalises gay sex in Singapore has been dismissed by a court, dealing a blow to the city state’s LGBT movement.   BBC News (30.03.2020) - - The high court rejected appeals by three gay men who had argued the...

Andorra set to become latest nation to legalize gay marriage

By Sonia Elks & Hugo Greenhalgh   Thomson Reuters Foundation (23.03.2020) - - Andorra, one of Europe’s smallest countries, is set to legalize gay marriage, highlighting that eastern European countries with anti-LGBT laws are “on the...

Coronavirus lockdown exposes LGBT+ people to family abuse in the Middle East

LGBT+ groups are stepping up online and phone support for people trapped in abusive homes or struggling with isolation during coronavirus shutdowns.   By Ban Barkawi   Thomson Reuters Foundation (18.03.2020) - - With phone counselling...

Russia lifts house arrest of LGBT activist facing pornography charges

By AFP   The Moscow Times (16.03.2020) - - Russia on Monday lifted the house arrest of an LGBT rights activist accused of distributing pornography for posting drawings of vaginas on a body-positive social media page.   Yulia Tsvetkova,...

Murder trial for El Salvador transgender woman to proceed

Deported from the US to her death.   By Cristian González Cabrera   HRW (11.03.2020) - - An investigating judge in San Salvador ruled today that a criminal case against three police officers charged with aggravated homicide of Camila...

LGBTQ association achieves major legal milestone in Tunisia

By Amel al-Hilali   Al-Monitor (10.03.2020) - - In a first for Tunisia and the Arab world, Shams, an association founded in early 2015 to defend LGBTQ rights, was granted legal protection in a ruling handed down Feb. 21 by Tunisia's Court...

MEXICO: Queer couples stage kiss-in protest in shopping mall

 Unfurling a sprawling LGBT+ Pride flag, protesters packed a shopping mall in Mexico on Sunday after security staff banned a gay couple from kissing and holding hands.  By Josh Milton  Pink News (02.03.2020) - - “Love is love!” the demonstrators...

Refusal to give married same-sex Hong Kong couple public housing ‘unconstitutional’, rules High Court

 Decision comes after legally married pair were refused public housing despite meeting all eligibility criteria. Housing Authority had denied claim because it said marriage must be between a man and a woman.  By Jasmine Siu and Lilian Cheng  South China Morning Post...

A police raid, viral videos and the broken lives of Nigerian gay law suspects

Among 47 Nigerian men on trial for same-sex affection are people who have been made homeless and lost their jobs by the publicity. By Alexis Akwagyiram Openly (24.02.2020) - - The 57 men stumbled out of the back of a dark police truck into the...

‘Conversion Therapy’: ILGA World releases extensive global research into laws banning the discredited practice

A ground-breaking report released today by ILGA World has exposed how - thanks to the tireless advocacy of activists, survivors and grassroots organisations - States and health professionals across the world are speaking up against so-called ‘conversion therapies’....

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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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