Incident Assessment and Documentation Tool
MPact has launched an Incident Assessment and Documentation Tool for community-based organizations and individuals to track and document incidents of harassment, violence, and abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, stigma, discrimination, violence, and criminalization already posed formidable barriers to health care for LGBTI people. However, given that COVID-19 has now overloaded health systems in most countries, HIV and STI prevention, treatment and care may be interrupted or deprioritized for LGBTI people. Any interruption, delay, or discontinuation of services should be medically based and data-driven.
Communities have an important role to play in monitoring unfettered access to medical services. It is important to document incidents as much as possible during this time.
Any inappropriate, humiliating, or violent actions committed by police or other perpetrators should be documented. The documentation tool will be useful to community based organizations working with key populations and sexual rights. Community based organizations and individuals can download the tool for their own uses and purposes, or they can report cases online directly to MPact.
REPORT CASES TO MPACT
You can use this online tool to report cases to MPact. No information submitted on this form will be shared beyond MPact without the express and informed consent of the person who submitted it. Information collected from this tool could, upon further investigation and informed consent, be used to report violations to national human rights institutions, regional and global human rights mechanisms, United Nations technical agencies, donors, or other entities.
DOWNLOAD DOCUMENTATION TOOL FOR YOUR OWN USES AND PURPOSES
Mpact encourages community based organizations to download the documentation tool for their own uses and purposes.
You can use this new tool to document and track incidents of stigma, discrimination, violence and harassment. Even if you may be unclear about how, where, or when to address an incident, it is important for the sake of redress and follow-up to document as many details as possible and keep this information secure.
Read our blog Human Rights Advocacy & COVID-19: Considerations for LGBTI Advocates for more information on the ways that COVID-19 is impacting the rights of LGBTI communities around the world.
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