Around the world, people who are LGBTQ+, or who support the rights of those who are, face lengthy prison sentences, physical violence, and even the death penalty. Laws disguised as being “family friendly” criminalize and penalize same-sex relations and individuals who do not conform to expected gender identities.

64 Jurisdictions criminalize private, consensual same-sex sexual activity.

12 In 12 jurisdictions, a conviction can result in the death penalty.

14 14 countries criminalize gender identity and/or expression of transgender people.

The lives of LGBTQ+ people are at heightened risk during conflict or under the rule of extremist leaders looking for a scapegoat.

Through our TrialWatch initiative, we have defended the rights of vulnerable individuals, including the LGBTQ+ community, who are targeted by oppressive governments through the courts.  We do this by monitoring and grading criminal trials to expose those that are a sham and by providing legal support to free those unjustly prosecuted and imprisoned. While we work on one case at a time, the goal is always to change the system by overturning the unfair laws that land individuals in prison.

Protesters in Uganda stand in solidarity with the country's LGBTQ community

In the face of this widespread discrimination, TrialWatch spotlights unfair trials of LGBTQ+ people and activists and secures their release or acquittal. We use the evidence we gather monitoring these trials to fight for the repeal of unfair laws.

TrialWatch has also seen firsthand how some governments use smokescreens to target LGBTQ+ individuals and their defenders. Authorities often employ the guise of neutral laws, but the intent is clear: to discriminate against, scapegoat, and harass members of the LGBTQ+ community.

In-depth trial monitoring and reporting can expose where these sham cases are driven by bias and ensure the release of LGBTQ+ individuals and those who defend their rights.

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