Factsheet for NHRIs working with civil society on LGBTI+ rights
Many people across the world face discrimination, victimisation and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or sex characteristics and thirty-five Commonwealth countries still have laws which criminalise LGBT people.
Across the Commonwealth, both NHRIs and civil society human rights defenders are working to ensure that the human rights of LGBTI+ people are protected. We have joined with the Commonwealth Equality Network to produce a factsheet for NHRIs on good practice in working with civil society on the human rights of people who face discrimination due to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics.
Informed by the work and experiences of our respective members, many of whom are working in countries where discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or sex characteristics is codified into law, the factsheet gives NHRIs practical advice on what to consider when working with civil society organisations on these issues.