Discrimination Against Trans Persons in the Americas | Discriminación Contra Personas Trans en las Américas

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Vea este artículo en español aquí. Discrimination Against Trans Persons in the Americas by Kevin Whitman Commissioners: Tracy Robinson, José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez, Paulo Vannuchi, Elizabeth Abi-Mershed (Assistant Executive Secretary of the IACHR) Petitioners: Corporacíon Caribe Afirmativo, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Observatorio de Derechos Humanos y Legislación In Costa Rica, Chile, [Read More…]

Reports of Violence against LGBTI Persons in the Caribbean Region of Colombia | Reportes de Violencia contra personas LGBTI en la región caribeña de Colombia

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Vea este artículo en español aquí. Reports of Violence against LGBTI Persons in the Caribbean Region of Colombia Commissioners: José de Jesús Orozco Henriquez, Rose-Marie Belle Antione, James L. Cavallaro, Tracy Robinson (Rapporteur on the Rights of LGBTI Persons), Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria (Executive Secretary) Petitioner: Caribe Afirmativo, Global Rights: Partners for Justice State: Colombia [Read More…]

Dutch Senate Approves Transgender Rights Bill


The Dutch senate has approved a bill that will allow transgendered people to change their gender on official documents without having to first undergo sterilization or sex-reassignment surgery as was previously required. Although individuals are still required to provide a statement from an expert in order to have their gender changed on official documents, the [Read More…]

General Human Rights Situation in Honduras

Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, 147th Period of Sessions, Photo by Eddie Arrossi (March 15, 2013)

Commissioners: Tracy Robinson and Felipe González Petitioners: Asociación de Jueces por la Democracia (AJD); Colectiva de Mujeres Hondureñas (CODEMUH); Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras (COFADEH); Equipo de Reflexión, Investigación y Comunicación de la Compañía de Jesús; Foro de Mujeres por la Vida; Tribuna de Mujeres – Campaña Nacional Contra los Femicidios; Center [Read More…]

European Court Upholds LGBT Provisions of Swedish Hate-Speech Law

Sveriges riksdag, the Swedish legislative assembly. Photo by bendus.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has, for the first time in its freedom of expression jurisprudence, declared valid a restriction on inflammatory speech against homosexuals. In a decision issued on February 9, the Court ruled that Sweden did not violate the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) Article 10¾freedom of expression¾by criminally prosecuting [Read More…]

Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Haiti

Aftermath of earthquake in Haiti. Photo by Marco Dormino of the United Nations Development Program.

      Commissioners: Dinah Shelton, Luz Patricia Mejía Guerrero, Rodrigo Escobar Gil. Petitioner: International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission State: State of Haiti Update: The January 2010 earthquake in Haiti resulted in the deaths and injuries of 300,000 Haitians, and more than a million Haitians were left without shelter. The quake hit already-vulnerable [Read More…]

Freedom to Assemble in Russia: Does the Future Hold Hope for Improvement?


Recently, Russian policy has become increasingly strict on individuals’ rights to assemble and to protest, narrowing the interpretation of these fundamental rights. Article 31 of the Russian Constitution and Article 11, of the European Convention on Human Rights (Convention) protect individuals’ rights to peacefully assemble. Nonetheless, the Russian government has restricted many non-violent protests causing [Read More…]

Citizen Security, Prisons, Sexual Diversity, and Equality in Venezuela

Commissioners at hearing on Venezuela. Photo courtesy of Ivan P. Carpio, Human Rights Brief (Oct. 30, 2010).

  Participants: State of Venezuela, Foro por los Derechos Humanos y la Democracia (Forum for Human Rights and Democracy (Civil Control Ciudadano para la Seguridad y Defensa de la Nación [Association for Citizen Control for the Security and Defense of the Nation], Paz Activa [Active Peace], Justicia y Proceso Venezuela [Justice and Process Venezuela], Una Ventana [Read More…]

IACtHR to Hear First Case on Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

Palace of Justice of Santiago (Chile). Photo by Alstradiaan.

On September 17, 2010, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) submitted the unprecedented case of Chilean judge Karen Atala to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (“Inter-American Court”). In her petition, Atala alleges discrimination based on sexual orientation in the custody case of her children. The Chilean Supreme Court granted permanent custody to the [Read More…]

Hate Crimes against Members of the LGBT Community and Impunity in Central America

Commissioner Maria Silvia Guillen. Photo Courtesy OAS.

Participants: Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), Centro Nicaragüense de Derechos Humanos (CENIDH), Centro de Investigación y Promoción de Derechos Humanos (CIPRODEH), Asociación LGBT Arco Iris, Centro para la Educación y Prevención del SIDA (CEPRESI), Centro de Investigación y Promoción para América Central de Derechos Humanos (CIPAC) Countries: Regional Topics: Discrimination on the Basis [Read More…]