Human Rights Watch (HRW), in cooperation with the International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), Amnesty International, and Dr. Paula Gerber of Monash Law School and the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law in Melbourne, Australia, unveiled its online interactive platform mapping the status of LGBT rights worldwide.
In recent years, there have been significant advances for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people worldwide. But many countries impose legal sanctions that target LGBT people, often for political gain. Today, 80 countries criminalize consensual same-sex relations or discussion of LGBT rights, and punishments include prison sentences, flogging, and even the death penalty.
This platform allows users to filter the collected data by sentence category, type of law, type of “crime” and whether a country criminalizes same-sex relations between women. Users may browse the platform by country and explore the collected data in variety of forms, including lists, maps, statistical displays, and others.