The application of the "yogyakarta principles" on sexual orientation and gender identity to HIV/AIDS policies, programming and advocacy

Published: August 1, 2008

The application of the "yogyakarta principles" on sexual orientation and gender identity to HIV/AIDS policies, programming and advocacy

In November 2006, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, a distinguished group of human rights experts, from diverse regions and backgrounds, met to adopt a set of principles on how international human rights law applied to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. The group included judges, academics, UN experts, members of treaty bodies, NGO representatives and others. Ultimately 29 experts, including a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, endorsed the Yogyakarta Principles.
The Yogyakarta Principles address the broad range of human rights standards and their application to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. These include extrajudicial executions, violence and torture, access to justice, privacy, non-discrimination, rights to freedom of expression and assembly, employment, health, education, immigration and refugee issues, public participation, and a variety of other rights.
A distinguished panel, including some of the signatories to the Principles, will discuss the relevance of this landmark document to HIV/AIDS policies and programmes, especially with regard to groups facing multiple levels of stigma and discrimination.

-Abstract available at link below-

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