Country Reports

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

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Between us: The complexities of Lesbians, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Organizing in Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa Between us: The complexities of Lesbians, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Organizing in Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa

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Date added: 08/29/2013
Date modified: 08/29/2013
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Between usAugust 2013, 32 pages

Between Us: The complexities of Lesbian, Bisexual and
Queer Women’s Organizing in Francophone Sub-Saharan
Africa is a compass to all who are struggling to work
within the complex landscape of sub-Saharan African
LBQWSW (lesbian, bisexual, queer, women who have sex with women) organising. This is a groundbreaking initiative
that points us towards, and keeps our focus on, the
right kind of support to give struggling communities and
emerging LBQWSW organizers in sub-Saharan Africa.

Although this report is based on case studies of
LBQWSW-led organizing work conducted in two different
francophone African regions, Cameroun and Togo,
we hope that the findings will give all readers a good idea
of what is obtainable in sub-Saharan Africa because of
the similarities in our socio-cultural and policy environments,
especially as they relate to sexual diversity and
human rights.

Violence: Through the Lens of Lesbians, Bisexual Women and Trans People in Asia Violence: Through the Lens of Lesbians, Bisexual Women and Trans People in Asia

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Date added: 05/19/2014
Date modified: 05/19/2014
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Through the Lens LGBT AsiaMay 2014, 248 pages (23 MB)

Lesbians, bisexual women and transgender (LBT) individuals in Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka face violence and exclusion in every sphere of their lives. This violence is fueled by laws that criminalize same-sex relations and gender non-conformity and encouraged by governments who tolerate, endorse, or directly sponsor the violent clamp-down on those who do not follow prevailing norms on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

This is the main finding from research coordinated by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and conducted over a two-year period by women’s rights, sexuality rights and gender rights activists based in Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines and Sri Lanka. Interviews were conducted in Japanese, English, Malay, Tamil, Urdu, Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano and Sinhala. The researchers uncovered high levels of family violence perpetrated against LBT individuals as well as widespread discrimination in education, health and work sectors.

The report can be downloaded in full and in different chapters covering each of the following countries: Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka from IGLHRC's website here.

Rule by Law Rule by Law

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Date added: 10/16/2014
Date modified: 10/16/2014
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Rule by Law96 pages, October 2014

From Amnesty International comes "Rule by Law: Discriminatory Legislation and Legitimized Abuses in Uganda." This report documents the human rights impact of three pieces of legislation: the Public Order Management Act, the Anti-Pornography Act, and the Anti-Homosexuality Act: in particular, the impact that these laws have had on the ability of civil society to organise, on discrimination against women, and on the lives of people who are or are believed to be LGBTI.

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

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Date added: 03/06/2016
Date modified: 05/28/2018
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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.

The outlawed amongst us The outlawed amongst us

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Date added: 07/23/2012
Date modified: 08/02/2012
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THE-OUTLAWED-AMONGST-US

A study of the LGBTI community's search for equality and non-discrimination in Kenya (2011).

In this report, The Kenya Human Rights Commission finds that human rights violations against LGBTI persons in Kenya are systematic, highly prevalent and generally not redressed by the state when called to. LGBTI persons are routinely abused, subjected to hate speech and incitement to violence, they suffer physical violence in terms from mobs and are occasionally raped by police, vigilantes and organized criminals.

The study also finds that LGBTI persons are often harassed by state officials, who enforce heteronormativity against presumed homosexual expressions, extort for bribes or ask for sexual favours and charge those who do not comply with their demands with trumped up charges. There is a deliberate failure by the state to protect LGBTI persons from discrimination both in policy and legislation.

The Kenya Human Rights Commission recommends that Civil Society Organisations, especially those organizing around human rights, should:

1. Mainstream LGBTI work in their human rights advocacy work.

2. File and support strategic and public interest litigation on violations seeking orders for declaration of rights in the Bill of Rights to protect LGBTI persons from continued discrimination.

3. Constitute programs that sensitize judicial officers, the police, ministries, civil servants, professional and commercial organizations and other relevant actors on the human rights issues concerning LGBTI persons.

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