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.

How are people tackling 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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Around the world, people are under attack for who they love.