LGBTI rights are human rights
A person’s sexual orientation or gender identity can lead to discrimination, violence, imprisonment, torture, or even execution, and these abuses are all illegal under international human rights law. Amnesty International works to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people by shining a light on rights abuses, calling for policy change, and working to protect LGBTI human rights defenders. Amnesty International considers anyone imprisoned solely because of homosexuality to be prisoners of conscience who should be immediately and unconditionally released.
Recognize, Protect, and Promote the Rights of LGBTI People
Around the world, the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people are violated daily. People are beaten, imprisoned, or killed by their own governments simply because of who they are.
There are still more than 70 countries with sodomy laws; punishment can include flogging, imprisonment, and in about a dozen jurisdictions, even the death penalty. LGBTI people, or who are perceived as such, are also routinely the victims of harassment, discrimination, and violence. Many of those who speak up for LGBTI rights—regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity—are themselves persecuted with impunity.
Amnesty believes that all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, have the right to be equal under the law and the right to exercise their full range of human rights, without exception.
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