Homophobic and transphobic violence: protecting victims, ending impunity

“Homophobic and transphobic violence deprive LGBTI people of their rights, violate their human dignity and condemn them to a life of secrecy and fear,” declared Jonas Gunnarsson (Sweden, SOC), General rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people, speaking on the eve of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

“This cannot be tolerated, any more than we can accept the denial or trivialisation of such acts”, he emphasised. “I call on all states to strongly condemn homophobic and transphobic violence and support and protect individuals trying to escape such acts, wherever they are perpetrated. Equality and dignity cannot be achieved without this.”

“Recent allegations of wide-scale abductions and torture as well as extrajudicial killings of LGBTI people in Chechnya highlight more than ever the urgent need to protect victims of homophobic and transphobic violence and end the impunity of perpetrators,” he concluded.