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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Draft resolution at Human Rights Council on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity

Please urge our government to support the resolution. Only Members of the Council may vote, although non-Member States can still “cosponsor” the resolution to demonstrate their support. Jamaica did not support the (SOGI) Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity resolution the last time.

You can include a copy of the allegations of abuse listed below (copy and paste in your correspondence) or download it HERE

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Department
Email: hmfaftja@cwjamaica.com

meanwhile here is the

Draft resolution at Human Rights Council on

human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity


Background information

“You, at the United Nations, have a particular role to play. You have a responsibility. Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people are equal members of the human family whose rights you have sworn to uphold. Those who face hatred [and] violence look to you for protection … Do not fail them.”

- Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

About the resolution:

The resolution, presented by South Africa, recalls the universality of human rights, and notes concern about acts of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It requests the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a study on violence and discrimination on these grounds, and calls for a panel discussion to be held at the Human Rights Council to discuss the findings of the study in a constructive and transparent manner.

Importance of addressing these issues:

Around the world, people face human rights violations because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, including killings, torture, rape, criminal sanctions, and violence. These violations have consistently been brought to the Human Rights Council’s attention by UN Special Rapporteurs. UNAIDS, UNDP and the UN Special Rapporteur on Health have also emphasized the importance of addressing human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity as part of HIV education and prevention efforts.

Although issues of sexual orientation and gender identity are sensitive issues for many States, we trust we can all agree that no human being should face violence, torture, stigmatisation and abuse, on any ground.

Existing international human rights framework

The resolution does not seek to create new rights but simply affirms the application of existing human rights standards to those who face human rights violations because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and calls for further information and dialogue on discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The right of all human beings to life, to freedom from torture, privacy, and protection from arbitrary detention are as old and timeless as the Universal Declaration itself. In addition, there is almost 20 years of treaty body jurisprudence recognizing that international human rights law prohibits discrimination on grounds including sexual orientation and gender identity. Drafters of both international and regional human rights instruments were careful to ensure that the lists of grounds for non-discrimination were not exhaustive, by employing terms such as “of any kind”, “such as” and “or other status”.

This position is consistent with other regional and national jurisprudence, including decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights, and courts in South Africa, Hong Kong, Fiji, India, Nepal and the USA. Just this week, the 2011 United Nations Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS recognised the need to address the human rights of men who have sex with men, and the OAS adopted by consensus a resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Human Rights Council’s responsibility to address these issues

The Council is “responsible for promoting universal protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of any kind and in a fair and equal manner” (GA resolution 60/251, OP 2). Whatever differences may exist on the subject-matter of the resolution, the South African resolution recognises that the Council has a responsibility to address killings, rape, torture and violence, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

ALLEGATIONS OF VIOLATIONS OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF LGBT PERSONS:

SOME EXCERPTS FROM REPORTS TO THE 17th SESSION OF THE HRC

Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions:

· During the past 18 months, 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons have been murdered in one country alone.

· On December 22, 2010, a 23 year old transgender person was reportedly found dead in a ditch. According to reports, her body was beaten and burned. Information received also indicates that the blows to her face caused by stoning have been so severe that her remains had been virtually unrecognizable. There were also indications that she had been raped.

·
That same day, another transgender person was found at her home. According to reports, her body had been incinerated and showed numerous stab wounds. Neighbors reported that they saw two suspects running away from her home when the fire started.

· On January 2, 2011, another young transgender person had been found murdered in the main street of her town. According to information received, her body had stab wounds in the chest.

[A/HRC/17/28/Add.1 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, communications to and from governments, pages 114-117]

Death threats:

· LGBT activists had received numerous death threats in connection with their work, and especially following the publication of an article entitled “Hang them in Rolling Stone, a local newspaper. The article provided names, addresses and photos of members and perceived members of the LGBT community, including on the front cover.

[A/HRC/17/28/Add.1 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, communications to and from governments, pages 390-391]

Violence against women:

· On 14 January 2011 a lesbian woman was allegedly “strangled with a wire, tortured and raped for five hours by [an acquaintance] who intended to ‘turn her straight’.”

· A local community activist reached out to women who had been raped because of their sexual orientation through a small local charity in the township to rescue and support survivors of "corrective” rape. However, the same accused asked family and friends to attack the community worker, constantly harassed her and made threats against her life and against her partner. This forced her to go into hiding as well, which had prevented her from carrying out the assistance work she provided to other women victims of violence.

[A/HRC/17/26/Add.1 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, communications to and from governments, para.204-210]

· The Special Rapporteur expressed concerns during a country visit at accounts of widespread discrimination and violence, generally overlooked by the Government, “including brutal gang rapes and family violence owing to their sexual orientation or gender identity”.

· A specific case study is provided of a transgender person “brutally attacked and shot by a group of men when she was leaving a nightclub”, treated harshly and with disdain in hospital by health-care personnel because she was transgender and HIV-positive, detained in a male prison where she was placed in a cell with gang members and raped more than 100 times, and further attacked upon her release from jail.

[A/HRC/17/26/Add.2 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, follow-up mission to El Salvador, para. 29]

Imposition of the death penalty:

· A 17 year old was charged with sexual activity between males and sentenced to death. It is alleged that he was beaten, blackmailed and forced to confess.

[A/HRC/17/30/Add.1 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, communications to and from governments, paras. 556-571]

Right to health:

· Two men were arrested for alleged homosexuality by officers of the 1st squadron of gendarmes, and are currently detained in prison. They were arrested after their houses were searched. They were forced to undergo an anal examination. It is also alleged that they were handcuffed during medical examinations and were not informed about their right to remain silent or to have recourse to legal assistance.

[A/HRC/17/25/add.1 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to health, communications to and from Governments, para.70-71]

Arbitrary detention:

· On December 4, 2010, a human rights defender was arbitrarily detained by members of the judicial police, handcuffed, blindfolded and placed in a vehicle where he was insulted by an officer and taunted with homophobic expressions. According to information received, the agents beat him repeatedly in the face, chest and back while asking him about his work defending the rights of people living with HIV and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Later, he was released under threat of being attacked again if any complaints were received about the events.

[A/HRC/17/25/add.1 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to health, communications to and from Governments, para.195-196]

· In cases of homosexual detainees, prison staff follow an isolation procedure, during which time these prisoners receive psychological “treatment” and are kept apart from the rest of the prison population for no reason besides their sexual orientation or gender identity.

[A/HRC/17/25/add.3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to health, mission to the Syrian Arab Republic, para.78]

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First, be calm: Do not panic; it may be very difficult to maintain composure if attacked but this is important.

Try to reason with the attacker: Establish communication with the person. This takes a lot of courage. However, a conversation may change the intention of an attacker.

Do not try anything foolish: If you know outmaneuvering the attacker is impossible, do not try it.

Do not appear to be afraid: Look the attacker in the eye and demonstrate that you are not fearful.

This may have a psychological effect on the individual.

Emergency numbers

The police 119

Kingfish 811

Crime Stop 311

Steps to Take When Contronted or Arrested by Police


a) Ask to see a lawyer or Duty Council

b) Only give name and address and no other information until a lawyer is present to assist

c) Try to be polite even if the scenario is tensed) Don’t do anything to aggravate the situation

e) Every complaint lodged at a police station should be filed and a receipt produced, this is not a legal requirement but an administrative one for the police to track reports

f) Never sign to a statement other than the one produced by you in the presence of the officer(s)

g) Try to capture a recording of the exchange or incident or call someone so they can hear what occurs, place on speed dial important numbers or text someone as soon as possible

h) File a civil suit if you feel your rights have been violated. When making a statement to the police have all or most of the facts and details together for e.g. "a car" vs. "the car" represents two different descriptions

j) Avoid having the police writing the statement on your behalf except incases of injuries, make sure what you want to say is recorded carefully, ask for a copy if it means that you have to return for it

What to do


a. Make a phone call: to a lawyer or relative or anyone

b. Ask to see a lawyer immediately: if you don’t have the money ask for a Duty Council

c. A Duty Council is a lawyer provided by the state

d. Talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police

e. Tell your lawyer if anyone hits you and identify who did so by name and number

f. Give no explanations excuses or stories: you can make your defense later in court based on what you and your lawyer decided

g. Ask the sub officer in charge of the station to grant bail once you are charged with an offence

h. Ask to be taken before a justice of The Peace immediately if the sub officer refuses you bail

i. Demand to be brought before a Resident Magistrate and have your lawyer ask the judge for bail

j. Ask that any property taken from you be listed and sealed in your presence

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