A Framework for Media Engagement on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in South Asia. Centre for Advocacy and Research and UNDP. (2014)

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A Framework for Media Engagement on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in South Asia: Regional Framework, Literature Review and Country Case Studies provides direction for how men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender communities should engage with the media, and how the media itself should leverage its influence to reduce stigma and discrimination, educate and raise awareness of human rights issues, and support strategies and programmes that improve the political, social and legal environments for MSM and transgender people in South Asia. The report includes case studies from Bangladesh, Nepal and India and provides recommendations for actions by programme managers working in South Asia for both managing media and for empowering communities to work more effectively with media. 

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ASEAN Good Practices and New Initiatives in HIV and AIDS. The ASEAN Secretariat Jakarta. (2014)

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According to the First ASEAN Regional Report on HIV and AIDS in 2011, “Addressing AIDS in ASEAN Region”, there are 1.5 million people estimated to be living with HIV distributed amongst the ASEAN Member States (AMS). The national HIV prevalence rates in the region range from 0.1 per cent to 0.7 per cent. Although prevalence rates are decreasing, current estimates indicate that there are some AMS that are showing an increasing trend.
The key risk behaviours that drive the HIV epidemic in the region are unprotected sex with multiple partners and needle sharing in injecting drug use. Seventy-five per cent of all HIV infections in ASEAN are reported among key populations (KPs) of sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender, and people who inject drugs. Other vulnerable populations include the intimate partners of KPs, youths, and mobile populations.


Keywords: HIV, PMTCT, testing, STI, prevention, FSW, transgender people, MSM, prison setting, PWID, migrant workers

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Being LGBT in Asia: Cambodia Country Report. UNDP and USAID. (2014)

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This country report is a product of a broader initiative, ‘Being LGBT in Asia’, which was launched in December 2012. It is the first-of-its-kind Asia-wide learning activity carried out with Asian grassroots LGBT organizations and community leaders alongside USAID and UNDP. In Cambodia, it has additionally partnered with OHCHR. With a focus on eight countries – Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam – the initiative examines LGBT lived experiences from a development and rights perspective.

 

Keywords: LGBT, human rights, legal environment, sexual orientation, gender identity, stigma, discrimination

 

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Being LGBT in Asia: China Country Report. UNDP and USAID. (2014)

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The China LGBT Community Dialogue brought together participants from all over Mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan). Approximately 60 people participated in Day 1 of the Dialogue from 40 institutions and organizations, representing the full range of China’s LGBT community alongside representatives of the central government, the court system, universities, legal experts and legal-aid organizations and a broad range of civil society organizations. Over 140 participants took part in the next two days of Dialogue from a larger number of NGOs and CBOs from all over China. Ten transgender participants from across China and five transgender community experts from Hong Kong SAR, India, Nepal, the Philippines and Thailand too part in the China-Asia Transgender Community Roundtable. The Dialogue and Roundtable were jointly convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

 

Keywords: LGBT, human rights, legal environment, sexual orientation, gender identity, stigma, discrimination

 

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Being LGBT in Asia: Indonesia Country Report. UNDP and USAID. (2014)

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Being LGBT in Asia: the Indonesia Country Report provides an overview of LGBT rights in Indonesia including the effects of laws, policies, culture and social attitudes, and religion, based on research, consultation and the National LGBT Community Dialogue that was held in Bali in June 2013.This overview is followed by an examination of the Indonesia experience of protecting the rights of LGBT people under seven different areas:employment and housing, education and young people, family affairs and social/cultural attitudes, media and ICT, law-human rights and politics, the special case of Aceh, and capacity of LGBT organizations, using the same methodology as described above.

 

Keywords: LGBT, human rights, legal environment, sexual orientation, gender identity, stigma, discrimination

 

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Being LGBT in Asia: Nepal Country Report. UNDP, USAID and UNICEF. (2014)

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Being LGBT in Asia: Nepal Country Report provides an overview of LGBT rights in Nepal including the current challenges facing and opportunities available for LGBT organizations and individuals in the country. The report encompasses the major discussions, findings, and recommendations from the Nepal National LGBTI Community Dialogue held in Kathmandu in April 2014. The report begins with an overview of the LGBT human rights movement then examines the policy and legal environment, socio-cultural context, political situation, and religious context related to LGBT rights.

 

Keywords: LGBT, human rights, legal environment, sexual orientation, gender identity, stigma, discrimination

 

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Being LGBT in Asia: Thailand Country Report. UNDP and USAID. (2014)

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This report reviews the legal and social environment faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Thailand. It encompasses the findings of the Thailand National LGBT Community Dialogue held in March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand and additionally includes findings from a desk review, additional interviews, and analysis of published literature on LGBT issues in and about Thailand.

 

 

Keywords: LGBT, human rights, legal environment, sexual orientation, gender identity, stigma, discrimination

 

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Being LGBT in Asia: The Philippine Country Report. UNDP and USAID. (2014)

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Being LGBT in Asia: the Philippines Country Report provides an overview of LGBT rights in the Philippines including the effects of laws, policies, culture and social attitudes, and religion, based on research, consultation and the National LGBT Community Dialogue. This overview is followed by an examination of the Philippines experience of protecting the rights of LGBT people under eight different areas: education, health, employment, family affairs, religion, community, media and politics, using the same methodology as described above. Case studies illustrating success or challenges are included in the relevant areas. The next section examines the capacity of LGBT organizations in the Philippines. This was based on analysis of a participant survey as part of the Dialogue. The final section is a list of recommendations and action points generated by the Dialogue.

 

Keywords: LGBT, human rights, legal environment, sexual orientation, gender identity, stigma, discrimination

 

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Being LGBT in Asia: Viet Nam Country Report. UNDP and USAID. (2014)

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This report provides an overview of LGBT rights in Viet Nam as related speciacally to employment; education; health care; family affairs; the media; policies, rights and laws; and community. The report provides an overview of LGBT history in Viet Nam, reviews recent developments and includes key strategies for improving the rights of LGBT people through policy advocacy, support services, media representation and research. The report also explores organizational development and capacity-building as it relates to the LGBT community and other key stakeholders in the area of LGBT rights. 

 

Keywords: LGBT, human rights, legal environment, sexual orientation, gender identity, stigma, discrimination

 

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China Case Study: Using Internet for Mass Mobilisation of the MSM Community for the purpose of HIV Testing. APCOM. (2014)

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APCOM’s Highlight series profile the often unheard of MSM and transgender community- based documentation of good practices from projects across Asia and the Pacific.

 

APCOM works with individuals and organisations on the Highlight series to form the evidence- based information to be shared across the region and for advocacy on issues that affect the lives of MSM and transgender people, including HIV, rights, health and well being. 

 

This case study focus on using the internet for mass mobilisation of the MSM community for the purpose of HIV testing.

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