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New online
library documents LGBT human rights abuses worldwide

New online
library documents LGBT human rights abuses worldwide

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, in collaboration with announced the launch of its new online library documenting examples of human rights abuses and violations based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. The library, which is free to access, is meant as a resource for political asylum seekers and their advocates to gather proof of abuses in their home country.

The library is available at Visitors can then view an individual country packet that contains an extensive human rights profile of that country. In addition to the 144 different country packets, there are three thematic packets that pertain to the Islamic world, lesbian issues, and transgender issues.

"We get nearly 40 requests a week from people who call and need information to support their claims," said Dusty Araujo, asylum documentation program coordinator at IGLHRC. "By having our country packets online, it will be easier and more efficient to get the documentation out quickly to asylum seekers. When people are forced to flee a country, they take very little with them and usually not the information that shows or how why they were persecuted." (The Advocate)

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