How can international law help?

Principles and Recommendations to advance LGBT human rights

How can international law help?

Legal strategies to combat discrimination can differ at global and regional levels.

Regular review mechanisms and litigation on the basis of existing international human rights law should be pursued, alongside the development of global and/or regional conventions on LGBT equality.

Action within the United Nations framework is important to set global minimum standards. UN achievements on LGBT rights must be protected, and this means that we need to remain constantly engaged.

The UN and its entities should establish or adapt structures to address human rights issues specifically related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Gathering reliable data on threats confronting LGBT people is a key next step.

Gender identity and sexual orientation need to be incorporated into procedures for documenting and monitoring human rights violations around the world.