Working Against Discrimination

Amnesty International Philippines, together with OutRight Action international, the United Nations Development Program and the Commission on Human Rights decided to expand their work on discrimination by consolidating efforts by different sectoral organizations to combat various forms of discrimination.

This work resulted in the formation of the Stop the Discrimination Coalition, a nationwide network of sectoral organizations and branches of government agencies focused on ensuring non-discrimination and equal opportunity in the public and private sphere. The STDC’s members represent the youth, women, labor, indigenous peoples, LGBTQIA, older people, PWDS, religious sector, urban poor and the informal sector.

STDC is campaigning for the passage of the Comprehensive Anti- Discrimination Law in the country. This policy proposal aims to make acts of discrimination illegal in the delivery of basic services, in seeking and maintaining employment and acquiring education. It also seeks to ensure that reasonable accommodations are provided for in the public and private sphere in order to attend to individuals with special needs. The section, as the STDC’s secretariat, is currently heading the coalition’s efforts to strengthen

How are people tackling this discrimination?

LGBTI advocates have overcome enormous challenges and risks to their own personal safety to call out abuses of the human rights of LGBTI people, and force changes to laws that discriminate against them. From the introduction of the concept of Pride and global recognition days like the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (also known as IDAHOTB), LGBTI people are forging alliances and promoting pride in who they are worldwide. The collective efforts of activist organizations around the world has paid real dividends. Today, at least 43 countries recognize homophobic crimes as a type of hate crime. And as of May 2019, 27 countries have made same-sex marriage legal.

Where is same-sex sex criminalized?

Having sex with a partner of the same sex is illegal in 70 countries. In Bangladesh, Barbados, Guyana, Sierra Leone, Qatar, Uganda and Zambia, you could go to prison for life. Nine countries punish homosexuality with death: Afghanistan, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen.

Where is same-sex marriage recognized?

As of May 2019, same-sex marriage is recognized in 27 countries, including: Argentina, Canada, Ireland, Malta, South Africa and Uruguay. Taiwan recently pledged to say yes to equal marriage, although it is yet to enact this in law, and Amnesty is calling on Japan to follow suit.

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