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. According to The Commonwealth Equality Network, 35 Commonwealth countries still criminalise same-sex intimacy. 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.


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

External Resources

UN: Report of the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity - Download

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