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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, A/HRC/19/55/Add.1, 6 February 2012: India


F. Defenders working for the rights of marginalized people

109. The Special Rapporteur is particularly concerned at the plight of human rights defenders working for the rights of marginalized people, including Dalits, Adivasis (tribals) and sexual minorities, who face particular risks and ostracism because of their legitimate activities. Collectivities striving to achieve the rights of those people have also been victimized.

3. Sexual minorities

122. Defenders engaged in promoting and defending the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons face discrimination, stigmatization and threats reportedly from many parts of society, especially in rural areas. On some occasions, the police attacked LGBT activists for raising issues pertaining to the situation of the LGBT community. In 2008, five LGBT defenders were falsely charged with extortion and unlawful assembly. In 2009, one LGBT activist was arrested in Orissa and detained for one day because of his advocacy work. He was insulted by police officers in the course of his arrest and detention.

123. In West Bengal, an LGBT activist stated that she has faced public harassment, emotional violence and beatings.

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