Human Rights Watch Country Profiles: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The following country profiles are derived in part from sections of the Human Rights Watch 2019 World Report that relate to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

HIV and AIDS, HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination, Intimate Partner Violence, Mental Health

Violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE) is a grave violation of the human rights of sexual and gender minorities worldwide. 

South-South collaboration to advance legal gender recognition and inclusion of transgender people in South Asia

Participants share good practices on implementing transgender-protective laws, policies and programmes during a session at the Multi-Country South Asia Roundtable on Legal Gender Recognition.

Stopping violence to reduce HIV risk and mental health issues among sexual and gender minorities in South Asia

Men who have sex with men and transwomen face higher HIV and health risks as well as negative impacts on their mental health due to violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE). To stop this violence, there needs to be a better understanding of it, to know what is happening and why.

Bhutan: Health workers lack skills in dealing with MSM and transgender clients, finds study

While majority of health care providers agree that men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people should receive the same level of attention and care, homophobia, misconceptions and value-driven stigma does impact the quality of care provided to them.

Asia Pac HIV Key Population Networks Seek More Influence Over Global Fund Grant-Making

A coalition of regional key population networks responding to the impact of HIV in Asia and the Pacific is calling for its members to be more involved in managing key grants from the internationally funded Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund).

Bhutan: UNDP study on stigma, discrimination, & Universal Access in the gay and trans community

The new report looks at barriers Bhutanese gay men and other men who have sex with men and transgender people have in accessing health services. In addition to the strengths, limitations and needs of the health services dealing with marginalized peoples' sexual health, the study puts forth a set of concrete recommendations. Find the report here