Below you will find the summary for the report of the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Vitit Muntarbhorn, in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 32/2:
The theme of the present report is “Embrace diversity and energize humanity”. Key developments in 2017 are noted, particularly in regard to the progression of human rights law and practice at the international and national levels; intersectionality between sexual orientation and gender identity and other issues concerning violence and discrimination; and dialogue and cooperation between the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and stakeholders. Two of the various underpinnings introduced in the Independent Expert’s first report (A/HRC/35/36) are singled out for particular attention to help prevent and overcome violence and discrimination: namely, decriminalization of consensual same-sex relations and gender identity and expression, and effective anti-discrimination measures. The report includes an overview of country situations, as highlighted by various actors through submissions sent to the Independent Expert. The report calls for reform of the laws, policies and practices which criminalize consensual same-sex relations, as well as those relating to gender identity and its expression. Pending repeal of discriminatory laws, the preferred policy is to desist from applying such negative laws and policies. Effective anti-discrimination measures are also critically needed; they vary from laws to policies and other action in a comprehensive and human rights-responsive setting.
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