Yogyakarta Principles

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The Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Law in Relation to Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity is a set of principles drawn up in 2006 by a group of international experts meeting at Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and published in Geneva in 2007

The principles address:

  • rape and other forms of gender-based violence
  • extrajudicial executions
  • torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment
  • medical abuses
  • repression of free speech and assembly
  • discrimination in work, health, education, housing, access to justice, and immigration.

The experts launching the principles include a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as UN independent experts, members of UN treaty bodies, judges, activists, and academics.[1]

External links

http://www.yogyakartaprinciples.org/ official website, with links to full text of the Principles


  1. http://www.hrw.org/news/2007/03/25/yogyakarta-principles-milestone-lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender-rights Human Rights Watch article, "‘Yogyakarta Principles’ a Milestone for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights"