Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos presenta caso de discriminación por orientación sexual a la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) presentó el 4 de junio de 2021 ante la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (Corte IDH) el caso Crissthian Manuel Olivera Fuentes respecto de Perú. El caso se refiere a la responsabilidad internacional del Estado por la violación de los derechos de Crissthian Manuel Olivera Fuentes a la igualdad y no discriminación, vida privada, garantías judiciales y protección judicial, como consecuencia de actos de discriminación basados en la expresión de su orientación sexual. Demus, Líderes en Acción y Synergía acompañan a Crissthian Olivera, que lleva adelante este proceso por más de 17 años.

AAEC and Synergía submit a shadow report on Togo for 132nd session of the UN Human Rights Committee

Afrique Arc En Ciel Togo, in collaboration with Synergía, submitted a shadow report on the human rights violations of individuals based on their real or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity in Togo in preparation for the upcoming session of the UN Human Rights Committee. The 132nd session will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from June 28, 2021 to July 23, 2021. Read the full report in French and English.

Synergía and the Coalition LGBTTTI& TS working with the OAS deplore the killing of Andrea González

Synergía – Initiatives for Human Rights, along with the Coalition of LGBTTTI and Sex Workers Organizations of Latin America and the Caribbean working with the Organization of American States (OAS), deplores with outrage the brutal murder of Andrea González, director of the organization OTRANS Reinas de la Noche and member of the Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Personas Trans. Andrea was murdered in a shooting on June 11 in Guatemala City, despite having reported to the police the countless death threats that she had received in the weeks before. Andrea was a tireless advocate, both domestically and internationally. In

UN Special Procedures condemn arbitrary arrest of Ghanaian LGBTI human rights defenders

A group of seven UN Special Procedures has condemned yesterday the arrest of 21 human rights defenders (HRDs) and called the government of Ghana for their immediate and unconditional release. The 21 HRDs of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) rights were arrested in Ho, Volta region, on May 20 while they were holding a human rights training for the protection of the rights of sexual minorities. They were charged with unlawful assembly under section 202 of the Ghanaian Criminal Code and denied bail a number of times by the Ho Circuit Court. According to the

CIAC webinar series in April 2021

The Coalition for the Independence of the African Commission (CIAC) will host on April 26-30 at 3pm (GMT+3 – Nairobi time) a webinar series featuring publications and other information materials the Coalition has recently published. Each webinar will feature a panel of experts on the various topics. All latest CIAC publications can be found here. To register for the events: April 26 April 27 April 28 April 29 April 30 The webinars will be also streamed live on the CIAC Facebook page at

Synergía and partners presented an Amicus Brief before the Inter American Court in the case of Manuela v. El Salvador

Manuela, a Salvadoran woman of low socioeconomic resources, died of cancer at the age of 33 while serving a 30-year prison sentence for the crime of aggravated homicide, after suffering an obstetric emergency and without ever having received adequate treatment for lymphatic cancer she was suffering from (Hodgkin’s lymphoma). The case is particularly relevant since Manuela’s conviction occurred in the context of full criminalization of voluntary termination of pregnancy. Synergía, together with Vecinas Feministas por la justicia sexual y reproductiva en América Latina; Akahata – equipo de trabajo en sexualidades y géneros; Soulforce; Balance promoción para el desarrollo y juventud

Case of torture against Yefri Peña, trans woman from Peru, is filed with the UN Human Rights Committee

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos – Promsex, the Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos – CNDDHH, and Synergía filed the case of Yefri Peña before the UN Human Rights Committee. In October 2007, Yefri Peña Tuanama, a trans woman from Lima, Peru, was attacked by five invidivuals on her way home from her workplace as sexual health educator in the Ate-Vitarte district. Yefri sought help in a police station, yet the police officers denied any form of support because of her gender identity.

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