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.

Global HIV response found to neglect gay and bisexual men, trans women

Gay and bisexual men account for about one in five new HIV infections, but they were only allocated 1% of the $57 billion spent to fight the virus between 2016 and 2018.   By Rachel Savage   Thomson Reuters Foundation (20.10.2020) - https://bit.ly/3dZa2NB -...

INDONESIA: Amnesty condemns TNI for anti-LBGT campaign following soldier’s dismissal, imprisonment

By Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie   The Jakarta Post (18.10.2020) - https://bit.ly/3e0szJj - Amnesty International Indonesia has condemned the Indonesian Military (TNI) for the recent imprisonment and dismissal of a soldier for having same-sex intercourse with another...

French government unveils national plan to combat hatred against LGBT people

The French government has unveiled a national plan to combat hatred and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT), which emphasises the importance of inclusive education in stamping out homophobia.   By Christina Okello  ...

Algeria: Mass convictions for homosexuality

Arbitrary arrests; police raid alleged ‘gay wedding’.   HRW (15.10.2020) - https://bit.ly/3dMEFpl - An Algerian court on September 3, 2020 sentenced 2 men to prison terms and 42 others to suspended terms after mass arrests at what the police alleged was a “gay...

Georgian police abused LGBT+ activists with strip searches, court rules

Ex-Soviet nation breached international obligations by failing to protect them from inhumane and degrading treatment, court rules.   By Umberto Bacchi   Thomson Reuters Foundation (08.10.2020) - https://bit.ly/3lE5nTM - Europe's top rights court said on...

Anti-LGBT persecution in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

US barriers to asylum block path to safety.   HRW (07.10.2020) - https://bit.ly/33Urlfc - The governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have failed to effectively address violence and entrenched discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and...

Belgium’s De Sutter breaks new ground for transgender politicians

POLITICO takes a look at those who paved the way before Petra De Sutter, who is now Europe’s highest-ranking transgender politician.   By Laurenz Gehrke   POLITICO (01.10.2020) - https://politi.co/30JkmDM - Petra De Sutter made history Thursday with her...

WORLD: Protect intersex persons’ rights, 34 states tell the United Nations

In a historic first, 34 States from all regions of the world called on the UN Human Rights Council to urgently protect intersex persons in their bodily autonomy and right to health, 8 NGOs said today.   By Daniele Paletta ILGA World (01.10.2020) -...

WORLD: LGBTQI rights during pandemic times: Activists raise alarm over increase in hate speech and violence

Poland, Iraq and Bangladesh in the spotlight during a webinar in Brussels. Strategies to strengthen protections and improve funding mechanisms discussed.   By Brianna Hertford, Human Rights Without Frontiers   HRWF (01.10.2020) – During 2020, LGBTQI people...

UK gov’t scraps key transgender rights reform

Britain's government has dropped plans to let transgender people change gender legally without a medical diagnosis, after two years of heated debate.   By Rachel Savage Thomson Reuters Foundation (22.09.2020) - https://bit.ly/3iburiQ - Transgender people will not...

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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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