Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons have
historically faced and continue to face discrimination and violence
around the world. When deprived of their liberty, they find themselves
in a particular situation of vulnerability and are at risk of serious
human rights violations.
National Preventive Mechanisms (NPM) established according to
the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT)
have an important role to play in preventing abuses and ill-treatment
against LGBT persons in detention.
On 3 and 4 June 2015, the Association for the Prevention of Torture
(APT) organised the Second Jean-Jacques Gautier Symposium
focused on the theme Addressing situations of vulnerability of LGBT
persons in detention. The meeting took place in Geneva and aimed to
address situations of vulnerability and risks faced by LGBT persons
deprived of their liberty and to sensitise and train NPMs to better
respond to this issue.
of LGBT persons in
This symposium was the second in a series of annual meetings to
allow NPM and other experts to share their knowledge and practices
with regard to situations of vulnerability in detention.
This document is the final report of the second Jean-Jacques Gautier
Symposium. Its purpose is not to provide a detailed account of the
two-day meeting, but rather to highlight the issues, strategies and
main tracks identified during the discussions.
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