The new Activist’s Guide is a toolkit which provides an introduction to the Yogyakarta Principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity, and explores how they can enhance the work of LGBTI activists to promote equality on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It presents creative examples of how the Principles have already been used to make significant gains in terms of legal protection of the rights of LGBTI persons, and suggests strategies for further engagement.
The Yogyakarta Principles are a set of legal principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity. They were developed in 2006 by a group of international human rights experts, in response to patterns of abuse directed toward people because of their sexual identity. ISHR, together with the International Commission of Jurists, was instrumental in the process of drafting the Principles.
Since their adoption, the Yogyakarta Principles have been widely used by human rights defenders in countries such as Brazil South Africa, India, Poland and the Netherlands to claim and defend human rights for LGBTI persons on the basis of the principles of universality and non-discrimination. The Yogyakarta Principles give international weight to such efforts through their solid grounding in international human rights law.
ISHR believes the new Activist’s Guide will be an excellent and very practical tool for human rights defenders seeking to better understand and use the Yogyakarta Principles to advance human rights protection.
ARC International is also marking the launch of a new website www.ypinaction.org where the Activist’s Guide can be downloaded free of charge. The website will also track the use of the Yogyakarta Principles and thus allow for sharing of experiences and achievements.
The Activist’s Guide to the Yogyakarta Principles is the result of collective effort by many groups and individuals.