All the responsibilities, not many rights

All the responsibilities, not many rights

The human rights situation of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders in Colombia

This report contends that in order to comply with clear international obligations, Colombia has recognised, with important jurisprudence, that lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgenders (LGBT) are individuals with full human rights and responsibilities. The authors argue that a person’s sexual orientation cannot justify discrimination and that equality means that the human rights of all Colombians, regardless of their sexual orientation, should be equally respected.

Key issues raised by the report include:

  • LGBT persons constitute a group that has traditionally been excluded and is socially vulnerable, and that sexual orientation frequently leads to discrimination.
  • in 2008 and 2009, the principal causes of serious violations of the human rights of LGBT persons continued to be social prejudice and discrimination.
  • police abuse was one of the most frequent forms of violence against LGBT persons.
  • one of the gravest manifestations of violence resulting from prejudice is the murder of LGBT persons.
  • Colombia has recognised the same rights for same-sex couples as for heterosexual couples, except for civil marriage and the right to joint adoption of minors.
  • human rights of LGBT persons in Colombian prisons are violated in ways linked to their sexual orientation or gender identity.