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Human rights violations are widespread. They vary in nature amongst affected groups such as women, young people, ethnic minorities, indigenous population and other vulnerable groups including but not limited to people not conforming to hetero-normativity and norms related to sexuality and gender.  However, there are also many intersecting similarities in the root causes of such rights violations, the types of violations suffered and the ways of addressing them.

Further, a meticulous study of human rights violations will reveal that they are each not perpetrated independently but are rather reinforced by cultures of impunity, which indeed vary by country and their system of law enforcement.

Thus, looking at intersectionalities in the promotion and protection of human rights and impunities enjoyed by perpetrators of human rights violations could be a start to addressing the challenges in dealing with human rights issues at local, regional and international levels.

By ways of example, the trending situations of homophobic laws being promulgated in countries like Nigeria and Uganda as well as state-sponsored homophobic activities in Russia, India and other parts of the world is actually part of wider culture of hetero-normativity and seeking to impose rigid gender norms. This, coupled with a culture of impunity leaves LGBTI persons and other communities vulnerable to human rights violations.

Advocacy for the protection and protection of LGBTI human rights has experienced defiance at all levels particularly at the international level, sometimes due to the perception that this is exceptionalism, or a new class of rights. In the face of this, examining advocacy strategies and building partnerships with other parts of the human rights movement seems apposite.

Thusly, the future success in dealing with SOGI- related rights in a broader human rights discourse may be rightly situated in understanding the intersectionality and engaging in strategic partnership against impunity globally.

On wednesday 19th March; Joseph Sewedo Akoro moderated a panel of speakers from Nigeria, Malaysia and India as well as international activists who work with the International Service for Human Rights and the Office of the High Commission on Human Rights. They spoke on the subject of intersectionality and impunity.

Click for video discussion on this topic.

Also click here for questions and answers session.

The panel was co-sponsored by:

1. International Lesbian and Gay Association

2. International Service for Human Rights

3. JSA Consulting Group

4. International Centre on Advocacy for the Right to Health

5. Sexual Rights Initiative

6. Coalition of SOGI- Malaysia

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