Photo: Flickr / Guido Van Nispen

, Pacific
News

COVID-19 | 187 organisations call on States to protect LGBTI persons' human rights

The pandemic is exposing and deepening existing discrimination, violence and other human rights violations on the basis of SOGIESC, organisations tell the Human Rights Council.

请点此阅读中文版

Today, ISHR joined a coalition of 187 organisations to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council to the situation of LGBTI persons and those who defend their rights in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

In line with the call to action signed by 96 human rights experts, organisations working for the protection of the human rights of persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) globally have urged States and stakeholders to ensure that this public health emergency will neither exacerbate existing misconceptions, prejudices, inequalities or structural barriers, nor lead to increased violence and discrimination against persons with diverse SOGIESC.

The current public health crisis caused by the spread of COVID-19 is a global emergency with far-reaching social, economic, and ecological implications for us all. At the same time, there is clear and growing evidence that State responses in the delivery of healthcare, the implementation of lockdown measures and policies designed to mitigate economic consequences have disproportionate and discriminatory impacts on marginalised groups, including LGBTI persons. The pandemic is exposing and deepening existing discrimination, violence and other human rights violations on the basis of SOGIESC.

While acknowledging that actions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic are urgent and necessary, States must ensure to comply with international human rights obligations in responses to the outbreak and the vulnerabilities of specific groups – including LGBTI persons – must be taken into account. To achieve this, the design, implementation and evaluation of State responses to this emergency must be done in consultation with civil society and defenders working for the protection of the rights of LGBTI persons.

Read the full statement here.

A summary of recommendations

Right to health

In a context where access to health is at the core of a human rights approach to the pandemic, States must uphold their obligations to ensure the accessibility of health care and services to every person, including sexual and reproductive health, without discrimination of any kind.

Rise of stigma and discrimination and scapegoating of LGBTI persons

States must comply with international human rights laws and standards when implementing emergency measures, following requirements of legality, necessity, proportionality and non-discrimination, including on the basis of SOGIESC. States must refrain from targeting specific individuals or groups, using measures to roll back existing rights protecting LGBTI persons and combat hate speech aiming to connect the outbreak with the LGBTI community.

Access to housing, water and sanitation, and consequences of social distancing

States should guarantee that shelters are inclusive for all persons regardless of their SOGIESC and implement measures allowing LGBTI persons to report violence and discrimination suffered in a private context, including at homes and shelters.

Right to work and impacts on livelihood

States should ensure that emergency measures to address the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic, as well as recovery plans, are inclusive to LGBTI persons – especially to trans, older and homeless LGBTI persons.

Civic space restrictions

It is imperative that as this crisis ensues, governments and multilateral institutions maintain transparency, live up to their obligations, do not side-line genuine civil society participation, and ensure access to national, regional and international systems of accountability. States and stakeholders should implement lines of action designed to sustain and ensure the continuity of the engagement of civil society and human rights defenders in UN bodies and mechanisms.

Organisations signing the statement
  • ILGA World
  • 6Rang (Iranian lesbian and Transgender network)
  • ABGLT – Associação Brasileira de Lésbicas, Gays, Bissexuais, Travestis, Transexuais e Intersexos
  • Accountability International
  • ADESPROC LIBERTAD LGBTI
  • African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC)
  • Alliance Against Discrimination of LGBT
  • Alliance for Equality and Diversity
  • Amnesty International
  • ARC International
  • Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN)
  • Asistencia Legal por los Derechos Humanos Asociación Civil
  • Asociacion Colectivo Alejandria El Salvador
  • Asociacion Diversidad Sexual Nicaragüense
  • Asociacion LGTB Arcoiris de Honduras
  • Asociación MANU
  • Asociación OTD Chile
  • Associação Brasileira de Mulheres Lésbicas, Bissexuais, Travestis e Transexuais
  • Associação ILGA Portugal
  • Association Humanity First Cameroon
  • Associazione Radicale Certi Diritti
  • Balance Promoción para el Desarrollo y Juventud A.C.
  • Bandhu Social Welfare Society
  • Bisexual Alliance Victoria Inc
  • Bisi Alimi Foundation
  • Blue Diamond Society
  • Brazilian Lawyers Order – São Paulo State Bar – Sexual and Gender Diversity Comission
  • Bundesverband Trans*
  • C.A.N-Myanmar & PFLAG-Myanmar
  • Caribe Afirmativo
  • çavaria
  • Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos – Promsex
  • CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality
  • Clóset de Sor Juana
  • COC Nederland
  • CODISE AC
  • Colectiva Luna Celaya
  • Colectivo Diversa CODIVER
  • Colectivo Michoacán es Diversidad
  • Collectif Arc-En-Ciel
  • Colombia Diversa
  • Comunidad DIVERSIDAD
  • Comunidad Homosexual Argentina (CHA)
  • Conectas Direitos Humanos
  • Conurbanes por la Diversidad
  • Corporación Red de Minorías Sexuales
  • DA Rainbow Network
  • DeGenderation Confederation
  • Digital Broadcast Initiative Equal Access
  • Disidencias Obregonenses
  • Diverlex Diversidad e Igualdad a Través de la Ley
  • Diversidad Democrática
  • Diversity and Solidarity Trust
  • Eastern European Coalition for LGBT+ Equality
  • ECOM – Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity
  • Equality Australia
  • Equality Triangle
  • Equidad y Participación Ciudadana A.C.
  • ERA – LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey
  • Executive Director
  • F’INE Pasifika Aotearoa
  • FRI – The Norwegian organisation for sexual and gender diversity
  • Fundación AMAL Argentina
  • Fundacion Arcoiris por el respeto a la diversidad sexual
  • Fundación Diversencia
  • Fundacion Ecuatoriana Equidad
  • Fundación Iguales
  • Fundacion Igualitos
  • Fundación Reflejos de Venezuela
  • GALE, Global Alliance for LGBT Education
  • GATE
  • Gender Dynamix
  • GENDERDOC-M Information Centre
  • GIN-SSOGIE
  • Grupo de Advogados pela Diversidade Sexual e de Gênero (GADVS)
  • Grupo Safo
  • Helem
  • Helen Kennedy
  • Human Dignity Trust
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Human Rights Council of Australia Inc
  • Human Rights Defenders Network-SL
  • Humans hands llc
  • IGLYO — The International LGBTQI Youth & Student Organisation
  • ILGA Asia
  • ILGA-Europe
  • ILGALAC- Asociación Internacional de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales, Trans e Intersex para América Latina y el Caribe
  • Instituto para el Desarrollo Humano – Bolivia
  • interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth
  • Interfaith Diversity Network of West Africa
  • International Bar Association
  • International Family Equality Day
  • International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights
  • International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
  • International Planned Parenthood Federation, East and South East Asia and Oceania Region (ESEAOR)
  • International Trans Fund (ITF)
  • Intersex Asia Network
  • ISHR
  • ISHTAR
  • ITANZ
  • Khmer HIV/AIDS NGO Alliance (KHANA)
  • Kimirina
  • Korean Sexual-minority Culture & Rights Center
  • Las Reinas Chulas Cabaret y Derechos Humanos AC
  • LEGABIBO
  • Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany LSVD
  • Lesbianas Independientes Feministas Socialistas-LIFS
  • LGBT Danmark
  • LGBTI POR LA PAZ COLOMBIA
  • Manodiversa
  • Marriage for All Japan
  • Más Igualdad Perú
  • Mawjoudin We Exist for Equality
  • Mitini Nepal
  • Morras Help Morras
  • MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health & Rights
  • MUJER & MUJER
  • Mulabi/Espacio Latinoamericano de Sexualidades y Derechos
  • Nafas LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance
  • Namibia Diverse Women’s Association (NDWA)
  • National Association of Travestis and Transgender of Brasil (ANTRA)
  • Naz Foundation International
  • NGO Fulcrum UA
  • Observatorio de Derechos Humanos de Personas Trans-ODHPT
  • Observatorio Nacional de Crímenes de Odio a LGBT en México
  • ODRI Intersectional rights
  • OII Chinese (Organization Intersex International-Chinese)
  • Organización de Hombres Gays G.Men.V. Tarija – Bolivia
  • Organización Ecuatoriana de Mujeres Lesbianas – OEML
  • Our Circle
  • OutRight Action
  • Oxfam South Africa
  • Pacific Human Rights Initiative
  • Pan Africa ILGA
  • Pelangi Campaign
  • PFLAG National
  • Pink Armenia
  • Pioneer FTM
  • Planet Ally
  • Pride House Tokyo
  • Promoting Empowerment Through Awareness For Lesbian and Bisexual Women (PETAL)
  • Queer Hindu Alliance
  • Rainbow Community Kampuchea-RoCK
  • Rainbow Path
  • RDS Nicaragua
  • RED DE JOVENES LGBTI CDMX
  • Red Nacional de Apoyo a Personas Migrantes y Refugiadas LGBT México (REDAPM)
  • Red Nacional de Diversidad Sexual y VIH de Guatemala, REDNADS
  • RHAC
  • RWS {Rajmala Welfare Society}
  • Samoa Family Health Association
  • SEED Malaysia
  • Sex og Poitikk (IPPF Norway)
  • Sexual Minorities Uganda – SMUG
  • Sistema Regional de Información SInViolencia LGBTI
  • Solace Initiative
  • Solidarity Sisters Network of Liberia (SoSNoL)
  • Spectrum
  • Srishti Madurai LGBTQIA+ Student Volunteer Movement
  • STRAP
  • Swedish Association for Sexuality Education – RFSU
  • Swedish Federation of LGBT Rights – RFSL
  • The Alliance of Egyptian Queer Organizations (AQEO)
  • The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR)
  • The Institute for Studies of Society, Economy & Environment
  • The Leabian and Gay Association(LEGAL)
  • The People’s Matrix
  • TransAction
  • Transcuba
  • Transgender Victoria Inc
  • TRANSSA Trans Siempre Amigas
  • Transsmart Trust
  • Transvanilla Transgender Association
  • Triangle Project
  • UNA MANO AMIGA EN LA LUCHA CONTRA EL SIDA AC
  • UNASSE, A.C.
  • United Belize Advocacy Movement
  • United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard
  • UPO “Gay Alliance Ukraine”
  • VIHDHA AC
  • Visibles, ONG
  • Vivir. Participación, Incidencia y Transparencia, A.C.
  • Volt Europa
  • YCSRR
  • Yongama Levertte & Ntando Dogini Foundation
  • Young Queer Alliance

 

 

Related articles

ACHPR 69: Periodic Review of the Republic of Namibia

Despite Namibia taking several progressive measures to promote and protect human rights, the country continues to enforce repressive laws that infringe on the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, commercial sex workers and other vulnerable groups.

LGBTIQ: 3rd Committee of GA adopts resolution on free and fair elections that makes it the second-ever resolution to mention ‘sexual orientation and gender identity’

During its 76th session and in a move welcomed by civil-society, the Third Committee of the GA adopted by consensus a resolution recognising the rights of all people to participate in elections and public affairs, without discrimination, including on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

HRC48 | SOGIESC developments at the Human Rights Council

During the 48th session of the Human Rights Council, civil society expressed concern and condemnation about an anti LGBTI bill in Ghana, while the second joint government statement on the rights of intersex persons was delivered on behalf of 52 States​​.

Elections | Human Rights Council Pledging Event 2021

This week in an online event, 10 candidate States publicly spoke to an audience of around 200 people on their pledges as incoming Human Rights Council members for 2022 – 2024. They also faced questions on pressing human rights issues from both States and civil society organisations.

LGBTI | Ten years since the first SOGI resolution, LGBTI history continues to be made at the United Nations

10 years after the first SOGI resolution was passed at the Council, 27 States launch the Group of Friends of the mandate of the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Tess McEvoy from ISHR and Gabriel Galil from ILGA World tell the story.

Annual Report | Supporting humanity's essential workers

It's difficult to encapsulate such a complex year in a word, but "interconnected" is one that comes to mind when reflecting on 2020. We are proud to have remained deeply interconnected with defenders and to have supported, protected and amplified their work at the national, regional and international levels. With them, the "essential workers" of our times, we strive for a 2021 full of freedom, equality, dignity and justice.

Egypt | Stop prosecuting and harassing LGBTIQ+ individuals and organisations

In a context where Egyptian police routinely prosecute and arrest LGBTIQ+ people by using fabricated charges such as “immorality”, “incitement to immorality”, “misuse of social media” and “belonging to terrorist groups”, ISHR joined human rights organisations in calling on the Egyptian government to immediately stop arresting or detaining individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. No one should face discrimination, intimidation or imprisonment because of their sexual orientation or gender identity; and to ensure a safe and enabling environment for civil society organisations to work freely to serve this community.

Stay in the loop!

Would you like to be informed of future events, news, updates on our work, invitations and appeals? Please enter your email address below!