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LGBTQI and forced migrants (Forced Migration Review 42)

Around the world, people face abuse, arbitrary arrest, extortion, violence, severe discrimination and lack of official protection because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This latest issue of FMR includes 26 articles on the abuse of rights of forced migrants who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex. Authors discuss both the challenges faced and examples of good practice in securing protection for LGBTI forced migrants.

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# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Creative Commons FMR 42 Grantmaking for SOGI programmes With issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity a relatively new field for funders, the opportunity exists for funders to exert strategic influence on the development of improved policy and practice. Andrew S Park 10 May 2013
2 Creative Commons FMR 42 LGBT aid workers: deployment dilemmas LGBT aid workers and their managers confront a number of dilemmas in deciding whether LGBT staff will be safe - and accepted - working in certain countries. Anon 10 May 2013
3 Creative Commons FMR 42 Gender identity and disaster response in Nepal Agencies need to be mindful of the special needs of LGBTI victims of disasters in order to enhance protection and minimise unintended harmful consequences of relief efforts. Kyle Knight, Courtney Welton-Mitchell 10 May 2013
4 Creative Commons FMR 42 Protection in the city: some good practice in Nairobi Despite a challenging protection environment, an assistance programme for LGBTI refugees in Nairobi offers examples of good practice that could be replicated in other urban settings. Duncan Breen, Yiftach Millo 10 May 2013
5 Creative Commons FMR 42 Identity and integration in Israel and Kenya Expression of non-conforming sexual orientation and gender identity depends on social, legal, cultural and political opportunities which provide space for exploration and the emergence of new identities. People's protection will also depend on these. Yiftach Millo 10 May 2013
6 Creative Commons FMR 42 A model immigration detention facility for LGBTI? The US has taken some positive steps to improve the treatment of gay and transgender asylum seekers in immigration detention but could make improvements in four key areas. Christina Fialho 10 May 2013
7 Creative Commons FMR 42 LGBTI migrants in immigration detention As states increasingly use detention as a means of controlling migration flows, sexual minority migrants find themselves in detention facilities where they may face multiple violations of their human rights. Shana Tabak, Rachel Levitan 10 May 2013
8 Creative Commons FMR 42 LGBT refugee resettlement in the US: emerging best practices US refugee resettlement agencies are directing more attention and effort toward assisting LGBT refugees and asylum seekers, and best practices are beginning to emerge. Scott Portman, Daniel Weyl 10 May 2013
9 Creative Commons FMR 42 Towards inclusive resettlement for LGBTI refugees Practical initiatives, such as creating a welcoming space, ensuring confidentiality, training staff, providing critical resources and fostering inclusive workplaces, can promote a more humane resettlement experience. Jennifer Rumbach 10 May 2013
10 Creative Commons FMR 42 City planning for sexual diversity: new policies in Bogotá In 2009 the city council of Bogotá introduced a policy to guarantee equal rights for LGBT people in the city. Marcela Ceballos, Juan Carlos Prieto 10 May 2013
11 Creative Commons FMR 42 Kosovo: what does the future hold for LGBT people? States considering such claims need to look beyond Kosovo's apparently progressive constitution to the rather different reality on the ground. Agathe Fauchier 10 May 2013
12 Creative Commons FMR 42 Assessing transgender asylum claims It can be challenging for all asylum seekers to demonstrate that they are at risk of persecution but perhaps even more so for transgender applicants. Jhana Bach 10 May 2013
13 Creative Commons FMR 42 Challenges to producing LGB-specific Country of Origin Information Evaluations of whether LGB asylum claimants have a well-founded fear of persecution frequently require Country of Origin Information but information on LGB populations in countries where being LGB is criminalised is often difficult to obtain. Christian Pangilinan 10 May 2013
14 Creative Commons FMR 42 Asylum for persecuted homosexuals in the Republic of Korea Two recent successful claims for asylum suggest that the Republic of Korea may be prepared to serve in the future as an important country of asylum for those suffering persecution due to their sexual orientation. Andrew Wolman 10 May 2013
15 Creative Commons FMR 42 Resources for those representing asylum claims on grounds of sexual orientation Resources for those representing asylum claims on grounds of sexual orientation. Editors 10 May 2013
16 Creative Commons FMR 42 Barriers to justice in the UK In recent years, there have been significant legal advances in the treatment of the cases of lesbian and gay asylum seekers in the UK. However, significant barriers still remain. Charlotte Mathysse 10 May 2013
17 Creative Commons FMR 42 Seeking asylum in the UK: lesbian perspectives Many aspects of the UK asylum process can be confusing, disempowering and traumatic for lesbian asylum seekers. Recent research examines the impacts of this process on their experiences, their identity and their well-being. Claire Bennett, Felicity Thomas 10 May 2013
18 Creative Commons FMR 42 LGBT refugee protection in the UK: from discretion to belief? The UK government used to have no specific guidance or training for decision-makers for claims brought on the grounds of sexual orientation. It was only in 2010 that specific policy guidance was speedily issued and significant progress was seen. Amanda Gray, Alexandra McDowall 10 May 2013
19 Creative Commons FMR 42 Sexual orientation and gender identity: developments in EU law The amended version of the EU Qualification Directive, adopted in 2011, marks further progress in ensuring LGBTI applicant' rights by explicitly adding gender identity alongside sexual orientation as a cause of persecution. Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi 10 May 2013
20 Creative Commons FMR 42 LGBTI refugees: the Brazilian case Public policies in defence and in favour of LGBT people are neither sufficient nor effective in reducing homophobic violence in Brazil. Henrique Rabello de Carvalho 10 May 2013
21 Creative Commons FMR 42 Global human rights frameworks applicable to LGBTI migrants Although no international legal instrument exists to specifically protect the human rights of LGBTI individuals, over recent years international legal bodies have interpreted basic human rights provisions to apply to LGBTI populations. Shana Tabak, Rachel Levitan 10 May 2013
22 Creative Commons FMR 42 LGBTI asylum claims - the Central and Eastern European perspective Low levels of awareness, lack of guidance and cultural hostility are jeopardising asylum seekers' prospects for fair treatment. Anna Śledzińska-Simon, Krzysztof Śmiszek 10 May 2013
23 Creative Commons FMR 42 "On what grounds?" LGBT asylum claims in Canada A number of positive developments have occurred over the past two decades to create more robust protection and community support within Canada, but recent legislative changes will jeopardise fairness and justice for LGBT refugee claimants. Sharalyn Jordan, Chris Morrissey 10 May 2013
24 Creative Commons FMR 42 The Rainbow Group in Mae La camp Discrimination, verbal abuse and physical and sexual violence follow Burmese LGBTI people who cross into Thailand to seek shelter in camps. Moses 10 May 2013
25 Creative Commons FMR 42 Mental health challenges of LGBT forced migrants Mental health providers can assist in documenting the psychological impact of anti-LGBT persecution and its impact on the ability to secure refugee status. Ariel Shidlo, Joanne Ahola 10 May 2013
26 Creative Commons FMR 42 New UNHCR SOGI Guidelines New UNHCR SOGI Guidelines. Editors 10 May 2013
27 Creative Commons Fmr 42 Ensuring protection for LGBTI Persons of Concern There needs to be greater awareness not only of the specific protection concerns relating to LGBTI individuals but also of related jurisprudence and guidance available for UN staff, partners, state authorities and decision-makers. Volker Türk 10 May 2013
28 Creative Commons FMR 42 LGBT: equally entitled to human rights and dignity Recognition that LGBT rights are universal rights is gaining ground. The trend, finally, is positive. But greater respect for LGBT rights and inclusion of LGBT people still is not a worldwide movement. Anne C Richard 10 May 2013
29 Creative Commons FMR 42 From the editors From the editors. Editors 08 May 2013