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Filipino government has four days to improve gay rights

Filipino government has four days to improve gay rights

An LGBT rights organization in the Philippines is calling on its government to improve its human rights record before a UN review next week.

The UN Human Rights Council will examine the ability of the Philippines to meet international human rights conventions in a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) next week (Monday 28 May).

The Philippines’ Rainbow Rights Project (R-Rights) and the Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch (HCW) submitted a long list of violations of human rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity in a report to the UN Human Rights Council’s UPR.

The report pointed out the failure of the Philippines’ government to enact a discrimination law that has been pending in congress for over 12 years. It also notes the supreme court ruling that denied transgender people the right to change their gender on birth certificates and passports.

The UPR was introduced by the UN in 2006 and is on its current cycle through reviews of all countries. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it ‘has great potential to promote and protect human rights in the darkest corners of the world’.

Earlier this month, R-Rights visited the House of Representatives to ask them to pass the pending anti-discrimination bill.