LGBTI Istanbul Dialogue
Listen to the voices of LGBTI human rights defenders. They met in Istanbul for an International Dialogue on the intersections of culture/tradition with human rights related to gender and sexuality.
Co-organized by ARC International and MantiQitna Network, this meeting allowed people to share experiences in advocating human rights related to LGBTI persons as well as strengthened knowledge on monitoring, documenting and reporting LGBTI-related human rights violations.
Call on Saint Kitts and Nevis to guarantee non discrimination against persons on the basis of health, gender, disability and sexual orientation
“We welcome the Saint Kitts and Nevis government’s acceptance of the recommendation to ratify the ICCPR and ICESCR, including the optional protocols. This is a positive step towards ensuring the country is fully compliant with international standards”.
“However Saint Kitts and Nevis has disappointingly only ‘noted’ all recommendations calling on the repeal of law to decriminalize same sex sexual activity between consenting adults and penal provisions that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people which also includes prohibition of discrimination on any basis inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity”.
ARC International made this statement joined by International Lesbian and Gay Association in collaboration with the Saint Kitts Alliance for Equality, United and Strong Inc and CariFLAGS, during the 31st session of the Human Rights Council.
ARC International and MantiQitna urge the Human Right Council understand specificity of the violations that LGBTIQ Syrians face
During the Interactive Dialogue on the findings of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, MantiQitna and ARC International urged the Human Rights Council to “understand the specificity of the violations that LGBTIQ Syrians face and to address them in a sensitive and timely manner thereby ensuring that their rights are protected”.
In a statement delivered during th 31st session of the HRC, ARC and MantiQitna also urged “all States to fulfill their obligations towards protecting Syrian LGBTIQ refugees in accordance with international law”.
ARC International raises concern about rights of women & LGBTI in Iran during HRC31
“Iran must repeal the slew of laws which seek to imprison sexual and gender diversity within the iron cage of a man made artificially imposed binary two gender system”, said ARC’s Geneva Director Arvind Narrain during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, during the 31st regular session of the Human Rights Council,
“Accepting the norm of equality of all people regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression would be in conformity with the promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which is a bedrock principle of human rights by which all nations are bound”, he added.
Special Rapporteur on Torture recommends States prevent and combat violence against LGBTI people
Lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender and intersex people will have as of today a new tool for promoting visibility, raising awareness and building support regarding their rights. During the 31st regular session of the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment has launched his latest Report that is the first one to focus on the specificity of how torture affects LGBTI people.
In his latest Report, Special Rapporteur Juan E. Méndez highlights the “impact of entrenched discrimination, patriarchal, heteronormative and discriminatory power structures and socialized gender stereotypes” and how the torture and ill-treatment framework “can be more effectively applied to qualify human rights violations committed against persons who transgress sexual and gender norms”. He also identifies gaps in prevention, protection, access to justice and remedies; and provides “guidance to States on their obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of all persons to be free from torture and ill-treatment”.