Update: 23.05.2012

Human rights for gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people

Human rights violations and the unequal treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people should be a thing of the past in Switzerland. This is the postulation of the lesbian and gay umbrella organisations, LOS and PINK CROSS, the Transgender Network Switzerland and the Umbrella Organisation for Rainbow Families launched in a common human rights campaign on 25 April 2012 in Zurich.

The organisations adhere to their position that, although the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights more than 60 years ago, the human rights are still repeatedly infringed, even in Switzerland. Examples for human rights violations because of the sexual preferences or the gender identity in Switzerland show that there is a need for action regarding the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in many fields. One violation listed on flyer accompanying the human rights campaign is right to physical integrity of transgender people, since they have to undergo a sterilisation in order to change their registered sex. In addition, Switzerland does not provide protection from prosecution because of their sexual identity to asylum seekers coming from countries in which gays and lesbians are condemned to death. The lacking equality of rights in the fields of adoption and family law is another important area.

The above-mentioned organisations want to sensitise society for these legal problems. You will find rich information on the equalrights.ch website. In addition, numerous events and campaigns on the topic of «human rights for all» are planned all over Switzerland.

Documentation

Further information

On humanrights.ch you will find a variety of information on LGBT topics. The most important and up-to-date topics are listed below:

Discrimination

UPR procedures

Adoption

Gender identity   

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