Submission to the 103rd Session of the Human Rights Committee
(17 October- 4 November 2011)
Submitted by: International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
This report is a joint submission by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and the following lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and human rights groups in the Philippines: Alliance of Young Health Advocates, Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders & Advocates International Inc., Amnesty International Philippines - LGBT Group (AIPh-LGBT), Bisdak Pride, Cagayan De Oro Plus (CDO Plus), Changing Lane Women’s Group, Coalition for the Liberation of the Reassigned Sex (COLORS), Elite Men’s Circle (EMC), EnGendeRights, Inc., Filipino Freethinkers (FF), Fourlez Women’s Group, GAYAC (Gay Achievers Club), KABARO-PUP, Lesbian Activism Project Inc. (LeAP!), Inc., Miss Maanyag Gay Organization of Butuan, OUT Exclusives Women’s Group, OUT Philippines, Philippine Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), Philippine Forum on Sports, Culture, Sexuality and Human Rights (TEAM PILIPINAS), Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch (PLHCW), Queer Pagan Network (PQN), Rainbow Rights Project (R-Rights), Inc., Redbridge Books Publishing Co. (LGBTQ Publishing House), TLF Share Collective, Inc., TMC Globe Division League, Tumbalata, Inc., Ultimo Icono Group, Women on Top Women’s Group and individual activists: Arnel Rostom Deiparine and Ryan Sylverio.
It is written on the occasion of the fifth periodic report of the Government of the Philippines on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“the Covenant”).
The purpose of this report is to highlight the widespread and systematic human rights violations experienced by LGBT persons because of their sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI); men who have sex with men (MSM); in the Philippines despite the country’s international obligations under the Covenant.
IGLHRC and the above mentioned LGBT and human rights groups draw the attention of the Committee to the following human rights violations:
- The failure of the Philippine government to enact laws that protect LGBT persons from discrimination
- The failure of the Philippine government to enact laws that protect LGBT persons from hate crimes and Hate Speech
- The failure of the Philippine government to address the mental and physical health needs of LGBT persons
- The failure of the Philippine government to investigate and prosecute police mistreatment of the LGBT community and hate crimes against LGBT persons
- The absence of legal mechanisms to recognize the gender identities of transgender people.
- The absence of legal recognition of same-sex unions and families in the Philippines
- The failure of the Philippine government to address the sexual and reproductive health of LGBT persons
- The failure of the Philippine government to protect children with non-heteronormative sexual orientation or gender identity from abuse, discrimination and violence