Human Rights Against Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity

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Advancing International Human Rights to Protect against Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Protecting the Rights of Migrant Workers are the two issues before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). In April 2014, the Supreme Court acknowledged how transgender is a third gender and asked the government to treat them as a minority. The UNHRC adopted a resolution related to sexual orientation and gender identity with India taking the position of abstain. Being a signatory to the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and political Rights and UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, India is bound to share the World’s View on torture. India’s commitment to the struggle against torture is manifested through its legislative and administrative actions.

I. Advancing International Human Rights to Protect against Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people has only recently been addressed by the UNHRC because of its perception as a controversial and sensitive topic. Stigma and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) ranges from psychological harassment to physical assault, violence (SGBV), and often is tied in with misogyny and a lack of respect for women’s rights. Persecutions and abuses on the…

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