The Yogyakarta Principles: looking back, looking forward

By Pooja Patel and Arvind Narrain. *


A key aspect of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the commitment to “leave no one behind” and to proceed on the basis that “the dignity of the human person is fundamental”. Both aspects need to be invoked in the context of sexual orientation and gender identity-based struggles, as until today, laws criminalise expressions and identities related to sexuality and gender in many parts of the world.

One of the important normative markers in this struggle against discrimination and violence on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) has been the adoption in 2006 of th Yogyakarta Principles on SOGI by a group of 28 UN experts, human rights lawyers, and academics. On the tenth anniversary of this legal document, we must not only remember the unthinkable violence inflicted on LGBTIQ persons around the world, but also work towards a future where such violence must end.

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This article was published in the ARROW for Change Bulletin. Here you can read the whole bulletin.


* Pooja Patel is Programme Manager – Women’s Rights and LGBTI Rights- International Service for Human Rights

* Arvind Narrain  is Geneva Director, ARC International