Kaleidoscope Australia Human Rights Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation committed to promoting and protecting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the Asia Pacific region. We work directly with local activists to enhance their capacity to combat prejudice, hostile authorities, and discriminatory laws, helping them achieve the freedom and equality essential to living a life of dignity.
As an aid to researchers, media and those about to travel abroad we recently created an online resource with a listing of all nations that currently criminalise people because of their sexual orientation.
Speaking Out Report issued to coincide with CHOGM2015
In collaboration with the UK’s Kaleidoscope Trust, Kaleidoscope Australia has released its biennial report, Speaking Out 2015, on the state of LGBTI people’s rights across the Commonwealth. Speaking Out 2015 documents the Commonwealth’s poor record in protecting the rights of its LGBTI citizens. Of the 53 member states, 40 continue to criminalise same-sex activity. More than 90% of Commonwealth citizens live in a jurisdiction where LGBTI people are criminalised. You can download the report here.
Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Impact of the Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2015
On 26 November 2015, Kaleidoscope Australia made a submission to the senate Constitutional Affairs Committee over proposed changes to the Migration Act 1958 that could directly impact on claims of asylum on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status. You can read the submission here.
Kaleidoscope Australia and K&L Gates have collaborated in the development of a Best Practice Guide for assessing refugees on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex grounds. If you missed the launch but want to see the presentation, you can view it here.