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International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission [IGLHRC]

IGLHRC's mission is to protect and advance the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status.

"Every day, in countries throughout the world, the fundamental human rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trangendered people, and people with HIV and AIDS are violated. These abuses include: murder; incarceration; forced psychiatric "treatment"; torture; arbitrary arrest and detention; denial of the freedoms of association, press, and movement; denial of the right to seek refuge/asylum; immigration restrictions; forced marriage; the revocation of parental rights; and numerous other forms of discrimination."

Amnesty International [AI]

Amnesty International campaigns to free all prisoners of conscience: people detained anywhere for their beliefs, or because of their ethnic origin, sex, colour, language, national or social origin, economic status, birth or other status -- who have not used or advocated violence. Their action alerts help focus a global spotlight on abuses of political & human rights, not only by governments, but by non-governmental opposition groups.

AI Members For Lesbian & Gay Concerns are among its 'Specialist Networks': " some countries these contacts represent a large number of active members campaigning against human rights violations perpetrated against individuals or groups because of their sexuality."

Human Rights Watch [HRW]

Human Rights Watch works to end a broad range of abuses: summary executions, torture, arbitrary detention, restrictions on the freedom of expression, association, assembly and religion, violations of due process, and discrimination on racial, gender, ethnic and religious grounds - "regardless of whether the victims are well-known political activists or those of lesser visibility such as factory workers, peasant farmers, illegal immigrants, women forced into prostitution, street children, or domestic workers."

HRW also addresses war-related abuses (indiscriminate shelling, or the use of rape or starvation as weapons of war) no matter which side in a conflict is responsible.

See the HRW World Report 1999: Special Programs and Campaigns - Lesbian And Gay Rights


HateWatch is a web-based organization that monitors the evolving worldwide threat of hate group activity on the Internet.

A hate site is defined as one "that advocates violence against or unreasonable hostility toward... persons or organizations identified by their race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender or disability." Hatewatch also monitors those "that disseminate historically inaccurate information with regards to these persons or organizations for the pupose of vilification."