Many people who claim asylum have never admitted their sexual orientation for fear of abuse, attacks or arrest. To survive, they learn to deny their sexuality – many are married. But after years of secrecy they are suddenly forced to “out” themselves very publicly. >>>
Discrimination against any person due to gender, disability, age, health status, sexual orientation, ethnicity and religion is a prohibited act in Bacolod City that entails a penalty of P5,000 and or imprisonment of not more than one year depending upon the discretion of the court. >>>
While the Federal Government’s overhaul of national anti-discrimination laws has elicited praise for including new protections for LGBT people, there are concerns the changes do not go far enough to address discrimination for intersex people.
At the United Nations Human Rights Council March 2012 meeting in Geneva, an expert panel was convened to discuss the first-ever UN report focused on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity: “Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity,” ( A.HRC.19.41.) >>>
On Tuesday, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights condemned the Government of Chile for its 2003 Supreme Court ruling which stripped Karen Atala, a lesbian mother and judge, of custody of her three daughters on the basis of her sexual orientation >>>
Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to the Panel on ending violence and discrimination against individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity at the Human Rights Council 19th Session >>>
Some delegates of countries defending laws persecuting LGBTI people abandoned the room as the panel convened today by the Human Rights Council began its discussion on violence and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans and intersex people. >>>
Justus Eisfeld, Executive Director of Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE) underscored the need to address gender identity in the framework of the UN, as trans people face human right violations on a daily basis.
At the ILGA panel at the 17th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Eisfeld identified strategies on how to address discrimination on the basis of SOGI at the UN level. >>>
Yves de Matteis announced that the Parliament of the City of Geneva unanimously accepted in November, a motion asking for the launching of an International Coalition of Cities Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The aim of this coalition is to try to establish a chain of solidarity going from one city to another in order to fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
ILGA Panel at the UN Human Rights Council, 7 June 2011, “The Growing Consensus of governments towards the end of criminalization based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
By Yves de Matteis, member of the Parliament of the City of Geneva >>>