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.

UZBEKISTAN: Authorities blame attacked LGBT activist!

A blogger who suggested Uzbekistan decriminalize gay sex was brutally attacked. The Interior Ministry and others blame him for provoking the assault.   By Catherine Putz   The Diplomat (31.03.2021) - https://bit.ly/3rJu9V7 - The day after a human rights...

POLAND: Polish court acquits activists who put LGBT rainbow on icon

By Vanessa Gera   APNews (02.03.2021) - https://bit.ly/3cbpDJv -  A Polish court on Tuesday acquitted three activists who had been accused of desecration and offending religious feelings for producing and distributing images of a revered Roman Catholic icon...

UZBEKISTAN: Unique opportunity to decriminalise same-sex conduct

ILGA (03.03.2021) - We, ILGA-Europe and the undersigned human rights organisations, call on the President and government of Uzbekistan, member of the UN Human Rights Council, to decriminalise same-sex conduct between men under the ongoing review of the Criminal Code,...

EUROPEAN COURT/ ROMANIA: The European Court and gender affirming surgery

X and Y v. Romania: the ‘impossible dilemma’ reasoning applied to gender affirming surgery as a requirement for gender recognition By Sarah Schoentjes and Dr. Pieter Cannoot   Strasbourg Observer (25.02.2021) - https://bit.ly/3uGK2yr - In the case of X and Y v....

MEXICO’s top court to vote on gay marriage in Yucatan state – other states could follow

by Christine Murray   If the Supreme Court orders Yucatan state to legalize same-same marriage, other states across Mexico could follow   Openly News (24.02.2021) - https://bit.ly/3bBUUou - Mexico's top court is due to vote Wednesday whether to order the...

CHILE: Petition to preserve religious liberty in Chile launched

Catholic News Agency (23.02.2021) - https://bit.ly/3uCbPQG - Alliance Defending Freedom International has launched a petition addressed to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to rule in favor of religious freedom in Chile.   The ruling will have...

UK: Labour MP Luke Pollard was sent despicable homophobic abuse on Valentine’s Day

Labour and Co-operative MP Luke Pollard was sent despicable homophobic abuse on Valentine’s Day simply for sharing a photograph of himself with his boyfriend, Sydney. Here, for PinkNews, the MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport reveals how all the homophobic haters...

EUROPE: Covid spurring hate speech against LGBTI in Europe

AFP (16.02.2021) - https://bit.ly/2Nkd7yC - Hate speech against LGTBI people in Europe and Central Asia has spiked during the coronavirus pandemic, a group defending their rights said on Tuesday.   Verbal attacks on members of lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and...

TURKEY: Government steps up its defamation on LGBTI+ citizens

Europe’s leading LGBTI+ rights organisation, ILGA-Europe are alarmed to observe that in the past week the Turkish government has stepped up its systematic attacks on and defamation of LGBTI+ people and calls on President Erdoğan to guarantee the fundamental rights of...

EUROPEAN COURT / ROMANIA : LGBTI – Lack of proper legal framework, Strasbourg says

LGBTI rights groups welcome judgement finding Romania in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights because of a lack of proper legal framework for legal gender recognition ILGA Europe (19.01.2021) – https://bit.ly/39BzKqO – Romania has been found to be in...

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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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