Human rights are rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. In response to widespread, horrific violations of human rights in the first half of the 20th century, the international community established international human rights laws that lay down the obligations of governments to respect, protect and fulfill human rights.

There has been a significant increase internationally in recent years in discussions of human rights as they pertain to sexual orientation and gender diversity (see the IPsyNet policy page). Increasingly, psychology and related fields, along with regional and global health and human rights organizations and governments, are making a valuable contribution.

Psychological Association Resource

When LGBT People Face Forced Migration or Torture, What is the Role of Psychology?
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their human rights concerns have become increasingly visible around the world. As awareness grows, and as more people come out by choice or are outed by others, reactions to these populations play out in ways both favorable and appalling. In response to the human impact of all of this there is a growing literature on how to work with and protect the individuals affected. There is also increasing attention to training for graduate students, forensic psychologists and other scientists, and clinicians, on working with displaced, escaping or physically and psychologically victimized LGBT people.

Civil Society

Research Institute Without Walls 
The Research Institute Without Walls (RIWW) was founded to facilitate international and collaborative LGBT research. RIWW's community-based and multicenter research brings together researchers, activists, and providers who are interested in documenting the human rights, mental health needs, and resilience of LGBT persons around the world. Their goal is to bring together LGBT mental health professionals and human rights advocates and researchers.

Human Rights Education Associates 
HREA is an international non-governmental and non-profit organization that supports human rights education; the training of human rights defenders and professional groups; and the development of educational materials and programming. See Study Guide on Sexual Orientation and Human Rights

IPsyNet Highlights