It is a fundamental right of every person to be treated equally and to live a life free from discrimination and persecution. Despite this, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex (LGBTI) people frequently face violence and abuse and can become targets for forced marriage, corrective rape, arbitrary detentions and extrajudicial killings. Furthermore, LGBTI individuals and communities can be denied basic rights such as access to health care, education and employment. As National Human Rights Institutions and according to the Paris Principles it is our duty contribute to the advancement, promotion and protection of human rights for all, and to hold our governments to account for any possible violation of these rights.

NHRI Resources

South African Human Rights Commission 

Thematic discussion paper on SOGIE-based violence and discrimination in South Africa

Report on National Hearing on Unfair Discrimination in the Workplace 

Research Brief on Gender Equality in South Africa 2013 - 2017

India National Human Rights Commission 

Study on Human Rights of Transgender as a Third Gender 

Australian Human Rights Commission 

SOGI's Story -

Consultation on the protection of human rights of people born with variations in sex characteristics

Kenya National Human Rights Commission 

Report of the Taskforce on Policy, Legal, Institutional and Administrative Reforms Regarding Intersex Persons in Kenya

External Resources

The Yogyakarta Principles - 

Resolution 275  - What it Means for the State and Non-State Actors in Africa

Danish Institute of Human Rights - The Rights of LGBTI in Africa 

UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The Royal Commonwealth Society and Kaleidoscope Trust: A Commonwealth Toolkit for Policy Progress on LGBT Rights


Outright International and the UK Government Equalities Office - International Best Practice Guide on Gender Equality and Sexual Orientation

Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) - Toward the Effective Protection of LGBTI Persons Deprived of Liberty: A Monitoring Guide

Asia Pacific Forum and UNDP:

Human Dignity Trust

Injustice Exposed - The Criminalisation of Transgender People and it's Impacts

Reform of Discriminatory Sexual Offences Laws in the Commonwealth and other Jurisdictions – Case Study of Seychelles