Today, despite the postponement of the 66th ordinary session due to the global health crisis, African Men for Sexual Health & Rights (AMSHeR) and Synergía – Initiatives for Human Rights (Synergía) commemorate six years since the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Commission) adopted Resolution 275: Resolution on Protection against Violence and other Human Rights Violations against Persons on the Basis of their Real or Imputed Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity (Resolution 275), at its 55th Ordinary Session held in Luanda, Angola, from 28 April to 12 May 2014.

Between 2006 and 2014, a number of resilient human rights defenders and civil society organisations engaged with the African Commission on fighting violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression: the adoption of Resolution 275 is the milestone result of such advocacy work. In its preamble, Resolution 275 makes reference to various human rights protected by the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (African Charter), namely the right to equal protection of the law and non-discrimination, the right to respect of life and integrity of the person, and prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment: this is a clear reminder of member States’ obligations to ensure that all individuals regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, enjoy all human rights enshrined in the African Charter…

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