Tools and Strategies

Toolkits, guidelines and strategies from development agencies, embassies and global human rights institutions.


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Toolkit to promote and protect the enjoyment of all Human Rights by LGBT people Toolkit to promote and protect the enjoyment of all Human Rights by LGBT people

Date added: 06/11/2012
Date modified: 09/03/2012
Filesize: 98.27 kB
Downloads: 942

An operational set of tools for staff in the EU Headquarters, EU Member States’ capitals, EU Delegations, Representations and Embassies to be used in contacts with third countries, as well as with international and civil society organisations, in order to promote and protect the human rights enjoyed by LGBT people within its external action.

The toolkit (2011) seeks to enable the EU to proactively react to cases of human rights violations of LGBT people and to structural causes behind these violations. The document lists the priority areas of action: 1) Decriminalisation, 2) Equality and Non-Discrimination, 3) Support and Protection for Human Rights Defenders. Besides that the Headquarters and EU Missions in partner countries have various tools and actions at their disposal, also using existing instruments and guidelines (see page 8-13). Annex 2 is also interesting as it includes elements for analysis/checklist of a LGBT human rights situation (page 17-22).

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sex Characteristics at the Universal Periodic Review Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sex Characteristics at the Universal Periodic Review

Date added: 10/05/2017
Date modified: 10/05/2017
Filesize: 868.64 kB
Downloads: 933


2016, 138 pages

The 2016 report by ARC International, International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, and ILGA  provides an overview on how the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) has shaped the protection of the rights of LGBTI persons to date. It also addresses the challenges and the ways to try and turn the UPR into a greater mechanism to protect the rights of LGBTI persons on the ground. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. The UPR is a significant innovation of the Human Rights Council which is based on equal treatment for all countries. It provides an opportunity for all States to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to overcome challenges to the enjoyment of human rights. The UPR also includes a sharing of best human rights practices around the globe. 

Narratives of Best Practice Case Studies Narratives of Best Practice Case Studies

Date added: 08/29/2013
Date modified: 08/29/2013
Filesize: 34.45 kB
Downloads: 904

ARC2013, 117 pages

This report consists of 14 case studies of best practices for advancing human rights based on
sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Read impressing stories on work done in Romania, the Philippines, Chile, South Africa, India, Paraguay, the Netherlands, Japan, Norway, Suriname, USA, Burundi, Argentina and Nepal.

Speaking Out Speaking Out

Date added: 10/16/2014
Date modified: 10/16/2014
Filesize: 1009.86 kB
Downloads: 886

Speaking Out68 pages, February 2014

The last decade has seen an unprecedented rise in the levels of discrimination, harassment and violence directed towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in sub-Saharan Africa. This toolkit is designed for use by LGBTI activists, individuals and organizations in the sub-Saharan African context. It is intended to equip activists with some of the key concepts and tools around advocacy so that they can effectively persuade others that the human rights of LGBTI people are worth protecting.

Sexual orientation, Gender identity and International Human Rights Law Sexual orientation, Gender identity and International Human Rights Law

Date added: 02/27/2013
Date modified: 02/27/2013
Filesize: 1.54 MB
Downloads: 870

SOGI and HR LawDrawing on the Yogyakarta Principles, the Practitioners’ Guide from 2009 has been written to provide judges, lawyers, and activists a detailed understanding of the legal foundations for the protection of people victimized on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  

The Practitioners’ Guide offers a comprehensive review of the principles of non-discrimination, equality, and privacy.  It then analyzes the scope and nature of the legal prohibition against some of the most severe violations – torture, deprivation of liberty, extrajudicial and arbitrary executions, and denial of the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly.  

Through the Practitioners’ Guide, the hope is to increase awareness of human rights principles that protect people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as to encourage legal advocacy.

The guide can be downloaded in French, Spanish and Nepali from International Commission of Jurists.

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