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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, A/HRC/13/22, 30 December 2009

III. The security and protection of human rights defenders

A. Security of human rights defenders

(e) Security challenges faced by women defenders and defenders of sexual minorities

49. The Special Rapporteur is deeply concerned about the continuing denigration campaigns and the violent threats against defenders of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. The right to peaceful assembly is also often denied to defenders working on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues or, alternatively, the police does not provide adequate protection for such demonstrations. Complaints related to violence and attacks are often not taken seriously by the police and are not always investigated properly.

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