Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees often face particular challenges in accessing protection and refugee assistance and their vulnerability can be compounded by discrimination, marginalization, and bias-motivated violence. Human Rights First advocates with the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the United States government and other relevant stakeholders to address gaps in the protection of LGBTI refugees.
In December last year, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out strongly in support of global LGBT rights at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Her speech coincided with a directive from President Obama to prioritize the protection of LGBTI rights in US foreign policy. On FirstCast this week, we focus on some of the most vulnerable of the LGBT community: refugees. We look at what the Obama Administration and the international community is and should be doing to protect them from violence and discrimination.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s eleven day trip to Africa took another historic turn when she met with Nelson Mandela,…
Violence and persecution is a daily reality for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world.…