Country Reports

Information on the conditions for LGBTI minorities in specific countries from global human rights organizations and other sources.


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“We’ll show you you’re a woman” “We’ll show you you’re a woman”

Date added: 06/07/2012
Date modified: 08/02/2012
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Violence and discrimination against black lesbians and transgender men in South Africa (2011).

The constitution of South Africa in 1996 was the first in the world to include provisions of non-discrimination based on sexual orientation, however LGBT people in South Africa continue to face hostility and violence.

South_Africa_Human_Rights_Watch_-_coverSocial surveys demonstrate a wide gap between the ideals of the constitution and public attitudes toward such individuals. Negative public attitudes towards homosexuality go hand in hand with a broader pattern of discrimination, violence, hatred, and extreme prejudice against people known or assumed to be LGBT or those who violate gender and sexual norms in appearance or conduct (such as women playing soccer, dressing in a masculine manner, and refusing to date men). Constitutional protections are greatly weakened by the state’s failure to adequately enforce them.

This report documents discrimination and abuse against black lesbians, transgender men, and individuals who, while born female, do not conform to feminine gender norms and expectations. These individuals and groups experience discrimination, harassment, and violence at the hands of private individuals and sometimes state agents. HRW stress that the South African government has to take immediate steps to honor its promise of equality, non-discrimination, and a life of dignity for lesbians, gay men, and bisexual and transgender people; failing to do so betrays the constitution, imperiling the rights of all South Africans.

Study on violence against LGBTQ individuals in Tunisia Study on violence against LGBTQ individuals in Tunisia

Date added: 05/31/2018
Date modified: 05/31/2018
Filesize: 1.8 MB
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Violence Tunesia2018, 71 pages

This report in French, English and Arabic has been carried out by 3 LGBTQ organisations in Tunesia and measures the frequency of violence against LGBTQ individuals, analyses situations of violence and the consequences of these incidents. 300 people have participated in the study.

The report concludes that contrary to media coverage of some cases, violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender is a massive phenomenon and therefore irreducible to inter-individual conflicts.

We Exist: Mapping LGBTQ organizing in West Africa We Exist: Mapping LGBTQ organizing in West Africa

Date added: 03/06/2016
Date modified: 05/28/2018
Filesize: 4.62 MB
Downloads: 134

LGBTQ mapping WestAfrica2016, 36 pages

This report is a result of a group of funders and activists driven by the wish to create a bilingual fund managed and led by West African LGBTQ activists.

Therefore, an exploratory and participatory process was undertaken to enable activists, funders, and allies to map the state of LGBTQ organizing in West Africa and gather data to help determine the appropriate initial structure and priorities of the fund.

Digital threats and opportunities for LGBT activists in Jordan Digital threats and opportunities for LGBT activists in Jordan

Date added: 12/04/2017
Date modified: 12/04/2017
Filesize: 5.9 MB
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2016, 7 pages

This report explores online opportunities and challenges for LGBT people in Jordan, and how digital and traditional media coverage affects the LGBT Arab identity. Same sex relationships are legal in Jordan, but the LGBT community remains subject to discrimination and prejudice. Sexuality in general remains a taboo topic, and sexual expression outside the context of traditional marriage is condemned. Most Jordanians do not know any openly LGBT people and many dismiss homosexuality as part of a dangerous foreign agenda, aligned with Western thought and cultural imperialism. LGBT Jordanians are therefore often torn between their sexuality and their Muslim Arab identity.

When Coming Out is a Death Sentence: Persecution of LGBT Iraqis When Coming Out is a Death Sentence: Persecution of LGBT Iraqis

Date added: 09/26/2017
Date modified: 09/26/2017
Filesize: 5.72 MB
Downloads: 138


2014, 24 pages

Despite the difficulty of securing interviews with
LGBT individuals in areas under the Islamic State’s
control, this 2014 publication focuses on the case studies of LGBT Iraqis and concludes that this target group is highly likely to be at imminent risk of death, which goes in correlation with  research and analysis by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and MADRE.


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