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The Universal Civil Identity Program in the Americas (PUICA) of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Synergía presented the results of the joint project “Recognition of Gender Identity in Latin America” to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

On July 17th, OAS-PUICA and Synergía presented the reports Overview of the Legal Recognition of Gender Identity in the Americas and Guidelines for the Implementation of the Advisory Opinion no. 24 of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights and the Role of Civil Registries to the judges of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The meeting was chaired by the President of the Court, Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito, and attended by Judge Raúl Zaffaroni, Judge Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor and Judge Ricardo Pérez Manrique, together with the Court’s Executive Secretary Pablo Saavedra and a number of lawyers. The meeting was also attended by the Director

The Universal Civil Identity Program in the Americas (PUICA) of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Synergía, in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Argentina before the OAS, presented the results of the joint project “Recognition of Gender Identity in Latin America”

On May 28th, OAS-PUICA and Synergía, in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Argentina before the OAS, shared the results of a joint project aiming at strengthening access of civil registry institutions to knowledge and good practices for recognition of self-perceived gender identity. The panel was opened by Rebeca Omaña, Coordinator of PUICA, and Stefano Fabeni, Executive Director at Synergía. Panelists were: Juan Pablo Delgado, PUICA Project Manager; Fanny Gómez Lugo, Synergía’s Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy; Víctor Madrigal Borloz, UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; Flávia Piovesan, Rapporteur on the Rights of LGBTI Persons of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; Marcela

AMSHeR and Synergía celebrate the 6th anniversary of the adoption of ACmHPR Resolution 275/2014

Despite the postponement of the 66th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACmHPR) due to the current health crisis, the African Men on Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) and Synergía celebrate the 6th anniversary of the adoption of Resolution 275/2014 on May 12th, 2014. Resolution 275 on Protection against Violence and other Human Rights Violations against Persons on the basis of their real or imputed Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity (ACHPR/Res.275(LV)2014) is a groundbreaking document for the protection of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in Africa. AMSHeR and Synergía will

The Coalition for the Independence of the African Commission (CIAC) is seeking new members among civil society organizations.

The Coalition for the Independence of the African Commission (CIAC) is seeking new members (both ordinary and implementing members) to protect and defend the independence of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The CIAC was established in 2019, following the adoption of Decision 1015 by the African Union (AU) Executive Council in June 2018, and a subsequent convening of civil society organizations in Banjul, The Gambia, in October 2018. Decision 1015 constitutes an unprecedented attack to the independence of a human rights body by AU member states. Current CIAC implementing partners are the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights

Synergía and the OAS LGBTTTI Coalition write to authorities of the Inter-American Human Rights System requesting their statement on human rights abuses generated by the measures taken by governments in the face of the COVID19 pandemic.

As it has been known for more than a month, humanity is facing one of the most challenging threats in recent years in the face of the spread of COVID-19. The insidious ease of its transmission has forced governments to create and implement strategies aimed at blunting the force and reducing the speed with which it has infected countless people around the world. These policies, while aimed at reducing infections, have also dangerous consequences for various social groups. Women’s rights and feminist groups have warned about the likely increment of domestic violence against women, the lack of access to goods

Synergía and OAS LGBTTTI Coalition condemn the killing of Karla Valentina Camarena, trans human rights defender in Mexico and member of our Coalition

Synergía, along with the Coalition of LGBTTTI Organizations of Latin America and the Caribbean that works within the Organization of American States (OAS), composed of 61 organizations from the region, condemns the murder of our colleague, Karla Valentina Camarena del Castillo, a 33-year-old trans woman, human rights defender, member of the Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Personas Trans (Redlactrans). Karla was murdered with a gunshot on a street in the municipality of San Felipe, Guanajuato state, Mexico, on March 29, 2020. We request the state of Guanajuato and the Mexican federal government to investigate with due diligence, in accordance

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights holds a hearing on the Human Rights Situation of trans children and obstacles to affiliation with LGBT families in Latin America

During its 175th period of sessions that took place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on March 2-8, 2020, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) held a thematic hearing on the human rights situation of trans children and obstacles to affiliation with LGBT families in Latin America. The hearing had been requested by Synergía and the following partner organizations: Abosex – abogados por los derechos sexuales (Argentina), Akahata – Equipo de Trabajo en Sexualidades y Géneros, (regional), Organizando Trans Diversidades (Chile), Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos PROMSEX (Perú), Taller de Comunicación Mujer (Ecuador), Colectivo Ovejas Negras

Synergía and partners meeting in Panama to work on the implementation of IACtHR advisory opinion 24/17

Synergía convened a meeting in Panama on February 12-13, 2020 to discuss obstacles and opportunities for the implementation of the Inter-American Court’s advisory opinion 24/17. Organizations attending the meeting were: Taller de Comunicación Mujer (Ecuador), Promsex (Perú), Fundación Iguales (Panama), REDLACTRANS, a regional organization based in Argentina, together with its member from Ecuador, Panama and Perú (Asociación Alfil, Asociación Panameña de Personas Trans and Organización Trans Feminista). In its advisory opinion 24/17, the Inter-American Court established that OAS member states must guarantee full recognition of the right to gender identity to trans individuals, and must recognize to same-sex couples the

Argentina is the new chair of the Organization of American States LGBTI Core Group

Argentina was appointed as the new chair of the OAS LGBTI Core Group in a handover ceremony that took place in the OAS headquarter in Washington DC on January 16th, 2020. The permanent representative of Argentina before the OAS Ambassador Daniel Raimondi highlighted that the commitment of Argentina on LGBTI issues is a state policy, regardless of the incumbent government. Raimondi emphasized that Argentina will focus on discrimination and violence against LGBTI individuals, with special attention on the situation of trans people. Permanent representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, United States attended the event, as

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