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SOGIESC News

  •   On 9 June 2022 the Centre for Human Rights (CHR) Read More
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impact of covid19 on lgbtqi persons in Africa s

Understanding the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on LGBTIQ+ persons in Africa

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Implementing Resolution 275 s

Application of Resolution 275 by the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights

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NANHRI Guide for NHRIs on Implementing Resolution 275 s

A Guide for African National Human Rights Institutions for Implementing Resolution 275 in Africa

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Conversion Therapy Report

Conversion therapy is a broad term that refers to therapy techniques or other activities that attempt to change or alter sexual orientation or reduce a person’s attraction to other persons of the same sex and instil conventional gender roles.

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Resolution 275 [EN]

These Guidelines are the product of different partners dedicated to ensuring equality of persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender in Africa.

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Resolution 275 [FR]

Ces lignes directrices sont le fruit de différents partenaires dédiés à assurer l’égalité des personnes qui identifient comme lesbiennes, gays, bisexuels et transgenres en Afrique.

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The TransMaputo Project

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The TransMaputo is an important piece of art that we hope will ginger more conversations around the Maputo Protocol at all levels from the quiet spaces where hearts are sculpted to the high offices where policies are written. Transwomen are women and we hope that it increasingly becomes okay to say and believe
this in a world where non-conformity is not so easily forgiven.

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ENDING VIOLENCE and other human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity

A joint dialogue of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and United Nations

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METTRE FIN À LA VIOLENCE et autres violations des droits de l’homme fondées sur l’orientation sexuelle et l’identité de genre

Un dialogue conjoint entre la Commission Africaine des Droits de l’Homme et des Peuples, la Commission Interaméricaine des Droits de l’Homme et les Nations Unies

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Inter-Sex- EN

Ending Violence

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A call for recognising the rights of intersex persons

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Inter-Sex- FR

Affiche d’information sur les personnes intersexes

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Un appel à réconnaître les droits des personnes intersexuées

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Violence based on perceived or real Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Africa

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Violence fondee sur l’orientation sexuelle reelle ou supposee et l’identite de genre en Afrique

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Unequal Justice: Accountability for Torture Against LGBTIQ+ Persons in Africa | 2022

Unequal Justice

 

This report sheds light on the violence and torture suffered by LGBTIQ+ people in Africa and the challenges that victims face to secure accountability for these crimes. It examines the situation in 11 countries in Africa – Algeria, Angola, Botswana, zDemocratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Uganda, and South Africa – but the findings of the research are equally applicable to other contexts in Africa.

While discriminatory violence can and often does amount to torture or other ill-treatment, the report finds that States often fail to confront or treat it as such. Many States in Africa afford little to no legal protection to LGBTIQ+ persons, whilst others criminalise same-sex conduct and fail to recognise the full spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities. In recent years, there has also been a resurgence in legislation which targets, rather than protects, LGBTIQ+ persons. This has resulted in an increase in violence against LGBTIQ+ persons, while impunity remains the norm.

The report, which has a foreword by the UN Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, Víctor Madrigal-Borloz, outlines specific proposals to States, African human rights bodies, and civil society to improve the current situation.

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Global Campus of Human Rights MOOC:  Monitoring the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons

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Patterns of systematic violence and discrimination directed at Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons because of their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics (SOGIESC) are widely documented. These abuses include killings, physical attacks, torture, sexual assault, arbitrary detention and imprisonment, and discrimination in a variety of fields, including on the labour market and in health care services.

Collecting information and documenting evidence of human rights violations against LGBTI persons is important to give credibility to advocacy and policy-oriented work. However, it is neither sufficient nor easy. Firstly, data collection and reporting – if and when possible – must be translated into action for change at a number of levels (national, regional, international) and in a number of areas (legislation, policies, societal attitudes and behaviours) where multiple challenges still exist. Secondly, analysis and possible solutions are not simple or mono-dimensional. Indeed, human rights violations based on real or perceived SOGIESC features are often compounded by discrimination on other grounds such as sex, gender, nationality, race, ethnicity, indigeneity, language, age, religion, belief, political or other opinion, disability, health (including HIV status), economic or social status, migration status, family status, or being a human rights defender. Therefore, it is often crucial to take an intersectional approach to SOGIESC advocacy, taking into consideration and addressing that discrimination often occurs due to the combination of multiple grounds of identity.

In this light, and bearing in mind that it is important to acknowledge the context-specific nature of each country, the MOOC provides an overview of human rights standards, mechanisms and practices for the protection of LGBTI persons around the world.

This course was hosted by the Global Campus of Human Rights and co-funded by the European Union


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About the Global Campus of Human Rights

The Global Campus of Human Rights is a unique network of one hundred universities around the world seeking to advance human rights and democracy education.