OHCHR releases report on “Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity”
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released “Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity”, the first ever United Nations report addressing the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The report, submitted to the Human Rights Council for its nineteenth session (Geneva, March 2012), highlights the ongoing and vicious homophobic and transphobic violence and discriminatory practices fuelled by people’s sexual orientation or gender identity – practices that are insufficiently addressed and condemned by Member States. Every year, LGBT people all around the world face the threat of being murdered, kidnapped, assaulted, tortured, psychologically threatened or arbitrary deprived of liberty, whether by religious extremists, paramilitary groups, neo-Nazis, extreme nationalists, family or community members and others, the report explains. It also highlights that such violence often goes unreported, due to a lack of trust in police and law enforcement or fear for reprisals.