Promoting and Protecting Human Rights in relation to Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Characteristics

This manual deals with experience, law and action. Part I discusses the experience of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex. It begins by building understanding of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics, followed by the specific experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the Asia Pacific region. Their experiences demonstrate that, throughout the region, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people experience human rights violations. They also point to changes that have occurred in recent decades and the progress still to be made. Part II discusses the law. It describes how international human rights law applies in relation to sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. It shows how the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people within the coverage of international human rights law has been a gradual process of recognition, acknowledgement and application. Part III discusses the role of the national human rights institutions (NHRIs), both individually and jointly. It describes what the Asia Pacific Forum (APF) has done since the adoption of the Yogyakarta Principles and the current APF program of action. It also presents possible areas for action that APF members can take in exercising their own responsibilities and through their participation in the APF regional program.