Updated International Human Rights Principles for Treatment of LGBTI People Released

Author: The Williams Institute
Published: Wednesday 27th December 2017 - Updated: Friday 16th March 2018
Summary: Yogyakarta Principles is a universal guide to human rights related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics.

International human rights experts have released a supplement to the groundbreaking Yogyakarta Principles, a universal guide to human rights related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics which applies to all United Nations member states.

The original Yogyakarta Principles were drafted by human rights experts in 2006 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in response to documented human rights abuses against LGBT people worldwide. They have been translated into 30 languages and have been cited by judges, legislators and government officials around the world as well as the U.N.

The Yogyakarta Principles Plus 10 (YP+10) include nine new principles and 112 additional state obligations that address developments in international human rights law and changes in society on issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC).

"The document issued today is destined to become one of the most important touchstones in the development of LGBTI rights globally," said Andrew Park, Williams Institute International Program Director, who served as secretariat for YP+10.

Key Additional Recognitions and Obligations in YP+10 Include

"The Yogyakarta Principles are not about aspiration," said Park. "They detail exactly what governments should be doing to comply with current international standards under today's human rights treaties. When countries appear before the U.N. to have their human rights record reviewed, they are asked if they comply with the Yogyakarta Principles."

The Williams Institute and international human rights groups will host a series of webinars with YP+10 signatories to give more detail about the principles and their implications.

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