How to respond to the impacts of Covid-19 on the LGBTI+ community

19 May 2022

The Asia Pacific Forum (APF) has produced guidance for NHRIs on how they can respond to the impacts that the Covid-19 pandemic has had upon the human rights of LGBTI people. The report found that the pandemic has impacted LGBTI communities in many areas and exacerbated pre-existing inequalities, including:

  • Loss of income and housing
  • Increased health risks
  • Declines in mental health
  • Domestic and family violence
  • Hate Crimes

APF has produced recommendations for NHRIs on how to improve on these inequalities.

The advice includes:

  • Recognise LGBTI people as a vulnerable group in the context of Covid-19
  • Advise authorities on how to protect and promote their rights
  • Educate and raising awareness
  • Monitor the impact that Covid-19 had upon the community
  • Advocate for laws and policies which will alleviate the negative impacts
  • Engage and cooperate with the community.

Read the report.

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