Torture and ill-treatment of LGBTI persons, HRC side event, Geneva

March 10, 2016

Thursday, 10 March 2016

1pm to 2pm, Room XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva

The APT, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), the Anti-Torture Initiative and COC Netherlands are pleased to invite you to a meeting, where the exposure to torture and other ill-treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex persons (LGBTI), both in the criminal justice system and in non-penal settings, will be discussed. Reflecting on their work and on a new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, the panellists will address the ways in which stigmatization and discrimination against LGBTI persons fosters intolerance, violence, and encourages impunity, giving rise to torture or other ill-treatment.

In addition to torture and ill treatment more generally, the panel will examine the specific situations faced by LGBTI persons in detention. It will also look at ways to reduce risk factors for these population groups, including by providing alternatives to imprisonment. The panel will also consider the effective oversight mechanisms needed in order to end impunity for torture and ill treatment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Panel speakers:

  • Juan Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • Victor Madrigal, Member of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • Helen Nolan, UN Programme Officer, ILGA
  • Yuri Frank, Transgender Program Coordinator of Insight (Ukraine)


  • Barbara Bernath, Chief of Operations, Association for the Prevention of Torture


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