Global Initiatives for Human Rights

 

Violence and killings of human rights defenders in Honduras

June 2016

Honduras has become one of the world’s most dangerous places to be a human rights defender. GIHR expresses concern about the alarming killings of human rights defenders and LGBT persons in Honduras. Support our petition for action.

 

Fighting back against an anti-rights agenda within a major human rights forum

June 2016

OAS IconAnti-rights groups disrupted the 46th OAS General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, held June 13 -15, 2016 where the LGBTTTI Coalition is working to advance human rights on sexual orientation and gender identity within the Americas.  Lesbian, bisexual, gay, and particularly trans members of the Coalition were harassed and verbally threatened within official OAS civil society working spaces. Nevertheless, GIHR and the LGBTTTI Coalition celebrate the OAS’s approval of a Resolution on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and by the OAS General Assembly. Our consistent advocacy at the OAS over the past nine years has ensured the approval of a resolution addressing human rights and SOGI issues at each General Assembly since 2008, but our progress is threatened by the increasing presence these anti-rights and religious fundamentalist groups.

 

African Commission’s Resolution Condemning Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

May 2014

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African Commission LogoThe African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), UHAI-EASHRI and GISHR commend the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR)’s adoption of a resolution on violence against individuals due to their real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in Africa at the 55th session of the Commission in Luanda, Angola in May 2014. The Resolution contains language specifically addressing SOGI and provides a legal basis of protection for individuals who face violence or the threat of violence due to their sexual orientation and gender identity. GIHR has been working in collaboration with African coalitions to advance SOGI-related issues within the ACHPR over the past seven years.

 

Inter-American Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance

June 2013
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OAS IconGIHR celebrates the approval of the Inter-American Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance by the 43rd General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) June, 2013 in Antigua, Guatemala. The convention represents the first international convention in the Americas and the second worldwide to recognize sexual orientation and gender identity. Since 2007, GIHR and the LGBTTTI Coalition working at the OAS have been advocating for the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories from discrimination in this landmark convention.

To date, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, and Uruguay have signed the Convention. We are supporting our partners’ advocacy to have their countries sign and ratify the Convention so that the Convention enters into force across the region.