International Development Law Organization



The world's second most populous country notoriously combines democratic governance with poor service provision and crippling inequality. While economic growth and government initiatives have lifted many out of poverty, corruption, social disparities and environmental degradation persist.

There is anger at the extent of violence against women and children, despite moves to strengthen the criminal justice system and the announcement of a "zero tolerance" policy. Sexual minorities continue to face discrimination. Recent efforts to broaden sexual and gender-related rights have encountered resistance.

Sexual Diversity in South and South-East Asia

IDLO has worked with national human rights bodies in Asia to reduce discrimination related to sexual orientation and gender identity. The programe was carried out in collaboration with advocates from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asia Pacific Forum for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs).

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