The document indicates governments "have often overlooked violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity" with laws which sometimes violate human rights.
"The UN Commissioner for Human Rights has made it clear that there can be no ifs and no buts. The rights of LGBT people are not special rights. They are the same basic human rights to which everybody is entitled. This report makes shocking reading. Lesbian and gay people are more likely to suffer torture, harassment and abuse. They suffer discrimination in health care, employment and education. They are threatened by discrimination not only in the law but also from the communities and families that should be there to support them. They are at a higher risk of suicide. And too often governments stand back and do nothing or, worse, encourage their persecution. The powerful recommendations set out today set a clear agenda for action and mark a major step forward in a global campaign for justice that gathers momentum every day," Lance Price, Kaleidoscope Trust, said.
Here recommendations to protect us:
- - Promptly investigate of all reported killings and other serious incidents of violence perpetrated against individuals because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity
- - Prevent torture on the grounds of sexuality or gender identity
- - Ensure persecuted gays are not sent back to countries where their lives or freedoms would be threatened
- - Repeal all laws criminalising homosexuality, abolish the death penalty for consensual acts, and harmonise ages of consent
- - Ensure individuals can exercise their rights to freedom of expression and assembly
- - Facilitate legal recognition of the gender identity and reissue identity documents