IDAHOT - International Day Against Transphobia and Homophobia, IDAHOT: 2020 Theme BREAK THE SILENCE
Today, May 17th is the day millions of people around the world commemorate IDAHOT, a special day, to raise awareness and commit further to impact the right to liberty, equality, justice and happiness for LGBTI people around the globe.
However violence and discrimination still plagues LGBTI people around the world. Today at African HRC we are imploring all people around the world, especially those in leadership positions, such as presidents, parliamentarians, religious leaders, and those actively promoting violence and discrimination through state sanctioned homophobia and transphobia, to immediately act to stop the ferocious injustice against gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. It is time to break the silence - please share:
African HRC is currently working with members of the LGBTI community in and from Africa, who are in hiding, seeking shelter, all escaping persecution and violence. We are providing advocacy and direct assistance to individuals seeking safe-shelter and also assisting refugees and asylum seekers.
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On May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, UNHCR answers frequently asked questions about LGBTI refugees — and introduces you to some of those who had no choice but to run.There are some 26 million refugees around the world who have fled war, violent conflict or persecution. Under international law, anyone with a well-founded fear of being persecuted based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group must be protected as a refugee.
Guidelines issued by the UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, have considered people targeted because of their gender identity, sexual orientation or sex characteristics to be entitled to such protection. Sometimes LGBTI refugees are victims of their government’s draconian laws. Other times they suffer at the hands of fellow citizens, or their own families — and their government stands idly by or even participates in the abuse.
READ FAQ from UNHCR HERE.