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The Rainbow in Context – LGBTIQ Persons in SEA

This report presents an overview of the situation of LGBTIQ persons within ASEAN. Its objectives are: a.) to describe the persistent and emerging challenges in the promotion and protection of the rights of LGBTIQ people in Southeast Asia; b.) to discuss recent successes gained in the realization of the rights of LGBTIQ people; and c.) to offer recommendations on engaging with ASEAN, particularly through its human rights mechanisms. This report covers the following issues:

• ASEAN’s weak human rights infrastructure

• Increasing criminalization of LGBTIQ people in ASEAN

• Absence of de jure recognition and protection of LGBTIQ people’s rights

• Shrinking civil society spaces for LGBTIQ activism

• Continuing stigmatization of LGBTIQ persons.

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