Yogyakarta Principles

The Yogyakarta Principles are a set of principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity.  They promise a different future where all people born free and equal in dignity and rights can fulfil that precious birthright.

The Yogyakarta Principles were developed and unanimously adopted by a distinguished group of human rights experts, from diverse regions and backgrounds, including judges, academics, a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Special Procedures, members of treaty bodies, NGOs and others.

These Principles are an invaluable tool for activists working on sexual orientation and gender identity issues, and affirm binding international legal standards with which all States must comply.

The full text of the Yogyakarta Principles, in all 6 UN languages, may be found here.

An Activist’s Guide to the Yogyakarta Principles has also been developed, and is available for download here.

This toolkit is designed to assist activists around the world in drawing upon the Yogyakarta Principles to advance LGBTI rights.

Read here the Press Release (in English, French or Spanish).

The Yogyakarta Principles in Action site is maintained by ARC International and tracks uses of the Yogyakarta Principles.

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