LGBT Indians want their rights back

Human Rights Day (10 Dec) is a reminder for states to uphold the rights of all people. So it's deeply frustrating to be marking one year since the Supreme Court of India re-criminalised same-sex sexual behaviour.

Over the past year the Section 377 judgement has increased the vulnerability of LGBT Indians to violence, stigma and discrimination and has adversely affected the uptake of HIV services.

Alliance India says in its media note: “We must not return to the days when too many vulnerable men who have sex with men (MSM), transgenders and hijras were driven further underground for fear of exposure, extortion and physical harm.”

To mark the anniversary of the judgement, Alliance India is holding a public hearing in New Delhi tomorrow. The hearing will discuss the consequences of the ruling and review cases of violence and discrimination that have taken place since the Supreme Court decision. The event will highlight the judgement’s significant impact on health and human rights and discuss strategies to address this crisis.

Protect not prosecute

The slogan of this year’s Human Rights Day is Human Rights 365, to convey the idea that human rights should be guaranteed year round. UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, says “I call on States to honour their obligation to protect human rights every day of the year. I call on people to hold their governments to account."

The event in New Delhi will affirm the principle that MSM, transgenders and hijras are lawful citizens and their fundamental human rights need to be protected and guaranteed.

This hearing is part of Alliance India’s campaign against Section 377 under the Pehchan programme. The campaign raises awareness to influence the ongoing legal process to ensure rights, protection and dignity for all LGBT Indians.

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