Implementation of the Report

Engaging with National Human Rights Institutions key to advancing rights of hijra and transgender people

DHAKA – "I was so happy and excited that day. We worked so hard and for so long for this and it was finally becoming a reality," recalled Shale Ahmed, a prominent Bangladeshi social activist and Executive Director of Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS).

In November 2014, one year after the landmark day, Shale and his organization, along with the Ministry of Social Welfare organized country wide 'Hijra Pride' activities to celebrate the anniversary of the Government of Bangladesh Cabinet decision to recognize hijras, or transgender people, as a 'third gender' on official documents. The announcement followed similar progress on legal recognition for hijras and transgender people in recent years in India, Nepal and Pakistan.

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Helen Clark: Statement on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator
Statement on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
United Nations, New York

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia provides an opportunity to reaffirm that the rights of LGBT people are a matter of concern to all of us working on human development.

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In Europe, new hope for transgender people

On 22 April 2015, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a Resolution on the discrimination against transgender people in Europe.  

The 47 member states of the Council were urged to abolish humiliating procedures such as coerced sterilization and psychiatric assessment, which are needed in some countries to legally change gender. The Resolution calls member states to stop discrimination, and recognize and punish hate crimes. It also calls for the introduction of enabling measures that protect, uphold and fulfill the human rights of transgender people taking into account their needs and respecting their privacy and dignity. It also recommends that transgender-specific healthcare services are made accessible.

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New hope for healthcare in Kyrgyzstan

April 20, 2015 by Boyan Konstantinov

For over five years, I have been working for access to essential medicines.

I have always been amazed to see how it is the poor countries that often must pay the most when it comes to keep their citizens healthy.

Consider antiretrovirals – these live-saving medications are crucial for keeping HIV a chronic and treatable condition.

In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, roughly 25 percent – likely less – of the adults who need treatment can access it.

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The latest issue of our Newsletter is out!

The latest issue of our Newsletter is out! Follow the link below to get caught up on updates and key developments related to HIV and the law. In this issue you'll find a compilation of recent news articles and stories of implementation of the recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, with links to access the full articles on the web.

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