LGBTI rights: New compilation of violations shows Human Rights Council must act

11.09.2014

A new compilation of cases of human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people affirms the importance of the UN Human Rights Council taking action to address violence and discrimination at its current session.

(Geneva) – A new compilation of cases of human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, prepared by ISHR, affirms the importance of the UN Human Rights Council taking action to address violence and discrimination at its current session.

The report compiles around 50 cases of violence, discrimination and other violations against people on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity based on reports of the Special Procedure of the UN Human Rights Council itself.

'The UN can’t ignore the cases of human rights violations against LGBTI people that have been compiled by its own independent experts,' said Pooja Patel of ISHR. 

'A look backwards over the three years since the UN Human Rights Council adopted the first-ever UN resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity in 2011 shows that the violence and discrimination against LGBTI individuals and groups continue, are widespread and are systematic,' Ms Patel said.

The UN Special Procedures have responded to close to 50 allegations of violations, ranging from concerns relating to prohibitive laws against same-sex relations, to arbitrary arrests, harassment, assault and summary executions of people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

'The cases compiled come from countries in every region of the world, from Belize and Bosnia and Herzegovina, to the United States and Uganda,' said Ms Patel.

‘These cases are emblematic of broader, global trends of increased restrictions against LGBTI people, including LGBTI defenders and NGOs, as well as ongoing patterns of violence and discrimination’, she said.

The ISHR compilation comes as a group of States comprising Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay announced that they would pursue a new resolution on the issue of sexual orientation and gender identity during the current session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

'This compilation shows the systemic nature of human rights violations against LGBTI persons and the need for the UN to develop a systemic response. We call on all States to support a resolution condemning violence and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and the establishment of a UN mechanism to assist to ensure that violations are documented, perpetrators are held accountable, and victims receive justice,' Ms Patel said. 

Contact: Pooja Patel, International Service for Human Rights, on p.patel@ishr.ch

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Topic
  • LGBT rights
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  • Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council
  • UN Human Rights Council