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Monitoring the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons

In all regions of the world, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons are subject to discrimination, persecution, violence, and other forms of human rights violations. Monitoring the extent of such human rights abuses is key to identify root causes, gaps in implementation, and avenues for redress.

The Global Campus of Human Rights (GC) is proud to launch a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in its expanding e-learning offer. Funded by the EU and with contributions by lecturers and experts from all the regions of the world, the GC MOOCs provide free and open access to highly qualified learning on topical human rights concerns.

Course Outline

The programme is structured in three Modules.

  • Module 1 focuses on international definitions and legal frameworks concerning LGBTI persons and their rights and related monitoring mechanisms. Theoretical aspects are accompanied by examples of concrete challenges and practices in order to generally frame and give context to the international discourse.
  • Module 2 is dedicated to specific contexts and challenges in the areas of societal attitudes, equality and non-discrimination, laws and policies (including decriminalisation), specific rights and freedoms. Analysis and examples from different regions provide an overview of the many situations faced by LGBTI persons worldwide.
  • Module 3 deals with the monitoring in practice of LGBTI rights in terms of specific actions, strategies and practices: reporting, strategic litigation, advocacy strategies, and synergies (between international and regional systems; among governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental actors).

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants will have acquired:

  • Knowledge about international standards for the protection of the human rights of LGBTI persons
  • Awareness of international and regional monitoring mechanisms in the area of sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics
  • Information on some contextual situations and challenges
  • Knowledge of some practical strategies on human rights monitoring and advocacy related to the human rights of LGBTI persons

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