Uganda Human Rights Commission report urges right to health for all

The Uganda Human Rights Commission Chair, Medi Kaggwa

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has presented its annual report on the situation of human rights in the country to Parliament urging the right to health for all Ugandans, without discrimination. The report, presented on Monday to Parliament, also contains text from Uganda’s Universal Periodic Review (a mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights […]

Public consultation in Guyana on removal of anti-gay laws

The Associated Press reports that authorities in Guyana are planning a series of public consultations on whether to repeal the country’s anti-gay laws. Guyana remains the only country in mainland South America with laws forbidding homosexuality on its statute books, though they are said not to be enforced. Homophobia and anti-gay laws remain widespread in […]

NGO oral statement on UPR intervention for Swaziland

Fikile Vilakazi

  Joint statement from Action Canada for Population and Development, Sexual Rights Initiative and COC Netherlands. Delivered by Fikile Vilakazi on Thursday 15 March 2012 Madame President, The Sexual Rights Initiative draws the attention of the United Nations Human Rights Council to the sustained sexual and reproductive rights violations of the people of Swaziland by […]

United Nations Human Rights Council Passes First-Ever Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

In a groundbreaking achievement for upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations Human Rights Council  passed a resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity (L.9/Rev.1). The resolution, presented by South Africa, Brazil and 39 co-sponsors from all regions of the world, was passed […]

Joint Statement on the Rights of LGBT Persons at the Human Rights Council

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE March 22, 2011 FACT SHEET At the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva 85 countries joined a Joint Statement entitled “Ending Acts of Violence and Related Human Rights Violations Based On Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.” This follows previous statements on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender […]