NEWSROOM August 31, 2017

A Manual for National Human Rights Institutions to Promote and Protect Human Rights in relation to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Characteristics

UNDP Asia and the Pacific’s Being LGBT in Asia and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) has released a manual for national human rights institutions (NHRIs) to promote and protect human rights in relation to sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. The manual provides many case studies of the work of NHRIs on human rights …

ADVOCACY March 1, 2017

Join APCOM to Make Some Noise for Zero Discrimination Day

Today, on 1 March, Zero Discrimination Day is observed across the globe. Zero Discrimination Day is an opportunity to highlight how everyone can be part of the transformation and take a stand for a fair and just society. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), which conceived the Day back in 2014, is calling on everyone this year to …

PUBLICATIONS February 21, 2017

Tools Aiming at Integrating SOGIE Issues at Organizational Level

Islands of Southeast Asia Networks on Male and Transgender Sexual Health (ISEAN), in partnership with APCOM, and with support from Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), conducted a desk review and meta-analysis of existing tools and products on SOGI to identify gaps in SOGI-related engagements among community advocates in Southeast Asia, and to contribute in the competency to become experts …

ADVOCACY February 19, 2017

How to Report Human Rights Violations Faced by LGBTIQ People to National Human Rights Institutions in South Asia

Six countries in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) have established a national human rights institution (NHRI), all of which include complaint mechanisms. The establishment of these NHRIs has provided MSM and transgender people with access to complaints mechanisms that can help resolve human rights violations these marginalised communities often face. However, several challenges remain to limit …

ADVOCACY December 21, 2016

Another Victory of the UN Rejecting Another Effort to Suspend the Mandate of Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

On Monday, December 19th, a group of states attempted to halt the mandate of the Independent Expert on the “protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). The position of Independent Expert in SOGI was created by the passing of UN Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/RES/32/2 in June of this year and is held by …

REGIONAL December 10, 2016

Defending the Rights of LGBT Individuals in South Asia (Part 5): Functions of NHRIs

Supported under Multi-country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (MSA), this article is part of “Defending the Rights of LGBT Individuals in South Asia: Stories of Survival and Justice” series – a documentation of relevant international and national human rights instruments, principles and legal obligations of the South Asian countries, as well as their good practice, in addressing the rights …

REGIONAL December 10, 2016

Defending the Rights of LGBT Individuals in South Asia (Part 4): Actualising Human Rights

Supported under Multi-country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (MSA), this article is part of “Defending the Rights of LGBT Individuals in South Asia: Stories of Survival and Justice” series – a documentation of relevant international and national human rights instruments, principles and legal obligations of the South Asian countries, as well as their good practice, in addressing the rights …

REGIONAL December 10, 2016

Defending the Rights of LGBT Individuals in South Asia (Part 3): National Pledges

Supported under Multi-country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (MSA), this article is part of “Defending the Rights of LGBT Individuals in South Asia: Stories of Survival and Justice” series – a documentation of relevant international and national human rights instruments, principles and legal obligations of the South Asian countries, as well as their good practice, in addressing the rights …

REGIONAL December 10, 2016

Defending the Rights of LGBT Individuals in South Asia (Part 2): International Commitments

Supported under Multi-country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (MSA), this article is part of “Defending the Rights of LGBT Individuals in South Asia: Stories of Survival and Justice” series – a documentation of relevant international and national human rights instruments, principles and legal obligations of the South Asian countries, as well as their good practice, in addressing the rights …

REGIONAL December 10, 2016

Defending the Rights of LGBT Individuals in South Asia: Stories of Survival and Justice

In South Asia, six countries have created National Human Rights Institution (NHRIs), all of which include complaint mechanisms. Three of these NHRIs (Afghanistan, India and Nepal) have been accredited with an “A” status, two (Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) have been accredited with a “B” status, and Pakistan’s NHRI has only recently been established and does not have accreditation. In Bhutan, …