Asia Pacific Forum on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Published: November 19, 2010

Discrimination and violence against people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity is a serious problem in many countries across the Asia Pacific.

People of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity, whether actual or perceived, have faced execution or extra-judicial killing, torture, rape, arbitrary detention, unfair trials and, in the case of women, forced pregnancy and forced marriage.

These human rights violations occur at the hands of State officials and authorities and at the hands of non-State actors, often with the actual or implied complicity of State actors and often with impunity.

In 2006, in response to well-documented patterns of abuse, a distinguished group of international human rights experts outlined a set of international standards relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.

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