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Yesterday was #WorldRefugeeDay! Let's put the spotlight on LGBTIQ+ refugees and asylum seekers

Yesterday we celebrated #WorldRefugeeDay! Let's put the spotlight on some of the most vulnerable, marginalized groups: LGBTIQ+ refugees and asylum seekers.

Imagine having to flee your own country because of being persecuted for who you are and for who you love...

Doubly marginalized, the struggle of LGBTIQ+ refugees is an emergency that’s hidden in plain sight. In some countries, same-sex relationships are criminalized – sometimes punishable by death. Many LGBTIQ+ people have no choice but to seek refuge elsewhere. But even in countries of asylum, they can face discrimination, stigma, and abuse, sometimes on a daily basis.

In Thailand, LGBTIQ+ refugees and asylum seekers face discrimination and harassment in detention centers but also within their own communities. Also, due to the lack of recognition of LGBTIQ+ family ties, LGBTIQ+ individuals' right to family reunification is violated. Extra challenges are present for trans persons as transwomen are often placed in male cells in the detention centers. This is the untold refugee crisis.

#WeAreManushyan ♾️ Equal Human Beings

On this day, Manushya Foundation stands #WithRefugees and with LGBTIQ+ refugees and asylum seekers in particular as we honor them worldwide and call for their rights to be upheld! They have the right to live in safety, to be protected, and to be treated as #EqualHumanBeings with respect and dignity ✊🏼

How did Manushya Foundation take action on this matter?

➡️ Read our newest carousel to see how is Manushya Foundation advocating for the rights of LGBTIQ+ refugees and asylum seekers.

➡️ Check out our Joint Civil Society Shadow Report here, addressing concerns of marginalized groups in Thailand, including the LGBTIQ+ community to be heard at the international level.

➡️ Check out our blog posts How do we #FightRacism? and #FightRacism ✊ We made it! to learn more about how we successfully brought grievances of those marginalized communities to Thailand's CERD Review (UN human rights review in Geneva).

➡️ Read more about the issues faced by Refugees and Asylum seekers in Thailand in our UPR Advocacy Factsheet here.



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