A leading international organization dedicated to advancing human rights for everyone, everywhere to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Why do we exist?
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is committed to advancing the human rights and dignity of all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression or HIV status. IGLHRC supports local sexual rights groups effectively fight for reforms in their own countries through technical assistance and trainings. IGLHRC researches and documents human rights violations, producing reports used by activists to push their government to make reforms.IGLHRC ensures that there is no silence when mistreatment happens. Everyday in countries throughout the world, people are being murdered, incarcerated, tortured and discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status. Through IGLHRC’s emergency response network, over 6,000 supporters receive action alerts drawing international attention to maltreatment – resulting in the release of people unfairly jailed for violating sodomy laws, governments held accountable for torture, and changes in discriminatory laws throughout the world. Through documentation of country conditions and advocacy, IGLHRC has supported thousands of successful asylum claims enabling people who are not safe in their home country to seek refuge elsewhere. IGLHRC also advocates for US foreign policy and funding decisions that are consistent with our mission.
What have you accomplished?
IGLHRC has brought world attention to cases of abuse, stopped persecution and secured the release of people imprisoned because of their sexual orientation, gender expression or HIV status. For example, in August 2003, Ruslan Sharipov, a courageous human rights activist and journalist, was sentenced to five and half years in prison for violating Uzbekistan’s sodomy law. While in custody, Sharipov was viciously beaten; threatened with murder and forced to write his own suicide note; suffocated with gases; injected with unknown substances; threaten to be injected with the HIV virus and threatened with rape. With the support of people like you, IGLHRC was able to assist in this case by regularly communicating with Shapirov’s family, contacting allies in Uzbekistan, and supporting his legal defense. IGLHRC and our partners issued several alerts to draw global attention to the case, which resulted in international media coverage and the attention of diplomats at the United Nations. Under the world’s microscope, the Uzbek government backed off, remitting Sharipov to house arrest in June 2004. Sharipov escaped Uzbekistan, fled to Moscow and made it safely to the United States. As Sharipov expressed in a recent e-mail to IGLHRC, "I was told that if I didn't leave Uzbekistan I would either be killed in Bukhara or sent back to Tovaksay prison... I fled to Moscow on June 28, 2004 where I spent several months. I was given asylum by the United States and … am currently living with my family in California and would like to express my gratitude to IGLHRC … and so many other organizations who offered me support during this time and played a key role in ensuring that I am finally free and safe."