The human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals and communities are undermined and violated daily. Discrimination and stigmatization of LGBTI individuals and organizations cross-cuts and compounds other forms of discrimination based on economic conditions, education, gender, race, ethnicity, age, and disability. Violent persecution—often in the name of “traditional” values, culture, and religion—is fueling a worldwide human rights emergency for the LGBTI community.
In 2006, Global Rights launched our LGBTI Initiative through our human rights programs and field offices worldwide, as well as through our dedicated field office in Nigeria. With this endeavor, we extend support to LGBTI and mainstream human rights activists to expose abuses directed against individuals based on their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. By documenting and denouncing abuses—which are too often ignored within the prevailing human rights discourse—Global Rights joins an international coalition of NGOs working in concert to expand the reach and effectiveness of existing human rights protections for LGBTI individuals.
As sustainability is the cornerstone of our work, Global Rights works to strengthen the role of civil society in national, regional, and international advocacy for the promotion and protection of human rights for LGBTI individuals. We work with local partners, enabling them to participate in the political decision-making process and to advocate for their rights with regional and international human rights institutions such as the Organization of American States (OAS) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). Advocacy at the international level also encompasses working with our partners to write and submit shadow reports to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC). Through our new Commonwealth Project, Global Rights is working with members of the Commonwealth of Nations—a cross-regional network of member states mainly comprising former British colonies—to assist partners throughout Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean to share and implement country-specific strategies addressing the negative impacts of legislation criminalizing non-normative sexual or gender expression or behaviors.
The added value of Global Rights’ LGBTI Initiative is related to the particular structure and mission of the organization: our country/region-based structure and deep connections to civil society in all contexts in which we operate allow us to play a pivotal role in connecting LGBTI and sexual rights activists to the human rights mainstream.
Click here to learn about our most recent LGBTI project in Sierra Leone.
Guide to Shadow Reporting (2009)
Shadow Report: Estonia (2010)
Shadow Report: Cameroon (2010)
Shadow Report: Argentina (2010) Español
Shadow Report: Mexico (2010)
Shadow Report: Uzbekistan (2010)
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NEWS & EVENTS
Global Rights' first ever report on LGBTI individuals in Sierra Leone highlighted in Africa Review's article It's a tough life for Sierra Leone's gay community »
On the Blog: LGBTI Rights are Human Rights »
News Release: Global Rights and Local Partners Release First Ever Report on LGBTI Individuals in Sierra Leone »
Global Rights' LGBTI Researcher, Adam Frankel, writes guest blog post for Americas Quarterly: Afro-LGBT Advocates Lead the Struggle for Equality in Brazil »
News Release: Global Rights Condemns Efforts to Pass the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” in the Ugandan Parliament »
On the Blog: History in the Making: Brazil »
New photos! Fifth LGBTI Rights Training in Freetown, Sierra Leone »
Photos! LGBTI Rights Training in Freetown, Sierra Leone »
News Release: On the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia Global Rights Calls for an End to Violence and Discrimination »
New Photos! LGBTI Rights Training in Sierra Leone: »
IMPACT IN THE FIELD
Learn about the work that Global Rights’ partners are doing on the ground with the help of our training and technical assistance »