On October 3rd,  ILGA World ( the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association)  launched the first toolkit, focusing on strategic litigation with the UN Treaty Bodies, and on individual communications to this human rights mechanism. As an LGBTI defender, Shadi Sadr contributed to the toolkit and provided the following statement on the importance of strategic litigation:

“The most significant aspect of the UN Treaty Bodies’ strategic litigation is the power it gives to an individual, or a group of individuals, who belong to the most marginalised parts of society; to have their never-heard-before voice heard by the highest authorities in the international human rights community. The UN Individual Complaint Procedure gives a unique tool to the LGBTI people in countries where there is little or no chance of acquiring any justice and redress in the cases of discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Although using this mechanism to achieve meaningful changes in laws and policies in countries which have ratified the optional protocols to the international treaties is strategic, it is equally important to initiate international campaigns to urge countries which have not ratified the optional protocols yet. If you look at the list of the Asian countries which have not recognised the rights of  their citizens or residents, you would easily conclude that those are the same countries where the human rights of the LGBTI people are dreadfully violated. Therefore, the LGBTI individuals in those countries are in more dire need of holding their governments to account at the international level, so that their basic rights are respected at local and national levels.”

To see the toolkit, click here.