LGBTI rights

Campaigning to protect the rights of LGBTI people

Around the world, people face violent attacks and threats simply because of who they are or who they have sex with. Threats, violence and harassment against LGBTI people happen every day. Discrimination strikes at the very heart of being human.  It is treating someone differently simply because of who they are or what they believe. We all have the right to be treated equally, regardless of our race, ethnicity, nationality, class, caste, religion, belief, sex, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, health or other status. Yet all too often we hear heart-breaking stories of people who suffer cruelty simply for belonging to a “different” group from those in power.

Amnesty’s work is rooted in the principle of non-discrimination. Working with disadvantaged communities across the world we work to change discriminatory laws and protect people. In many countries, crimes perpetrated because of someone’s real or perceived or sexual orientation or gender identity are not prosecuted.

Through our work, we are fighting shame and social stigma. Every year, Pride marches in the face of threats and violence. These parades are not only inspiring celebrations of difference but also a declaration of intent. Through these events, demonstrators assert that they will not to be intimidated, that they will continue to demand equality, and that LGBTI rights are human rights.

Amnesty is calling for governments to:

  • Get rid of discriminatory laws and release anyone who is in prison because of them.
  • Protect everyone – whoever they are – from violence.
  • Draw up new laws and build institutions that tackle the root causes of discrimination.
  • Lead from the front – never exploit or use people’s discriminatory beliefs for political ends.

3 Key Facts


76 countries criminalise sexual acts between adults of the same sex.


In 10 countries the maximum sentence for sexual acts between same sex adults is the death penalty.


In 2015, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise same sex marriage by popular vote. 1,201,607 people voted in favour of marriage equality.