Kaleidoscope Australia Human Rights Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation inspired by, and working alongside, the Kaleidoscope Trust in London. We were established in late 2013, and have successfully completed several important undertakings, including:
- organising the LGBTI Pacific Youth Forum in Sydney, Australia in October 2016, which brought together young activists from across the South Pacific region to build their capacity in advancing LGBTI rights;
- submitting parallel reports and submissions on LGBTI rights in Asia-Pacific countries to a variety of United Nations bodies and mechanisms, including the Universal Periodic Review, Human Rights Committee and Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights;
- publishing a Best Practice Guide to Determining Applications for Refugee Status Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Intersex Grounds;
- publishing articles in LGBTI-specific and other media to raise awareness of violations of LGBTI rights across Asia-Pacific
- conducting a pre-election pledge campaign in the Australian 2013 federal election to secure commitments from the Labor, Green and Liberal parties to uphold LGBTI rights in foreign policy.
- sending a board member to participate in the Commonwealth People’s Forum in Sri Lanka held in conjunction with CHOGM;
- networking with multiple activist groups and individuals in the Asia Pacific region and responding to several requests for help and guidance.
We are passionately committed to promoting and protecting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the Asia Pacific region.
Working directly with local activists in diverse nations, we endeavor to help 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.
We assist lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities in the Asia Pacific region by:
- writing independent ‘shadow’ reports for:
- the UN Human Rights Committee’s review of states’ compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
- the UN Human Rights Council’s regular Universal Periodic Review of the human rights record of all UN member nations;
- the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR); and
- the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
- raising awareness of violations of their human rights through the press, social media and at conferences and events;
- connecting them to networks, resources and services in Australia and elsewhere; and
- facilitating tailored training and educational materials to assist them in their important work.
Since the activists we work with know better than we do the approaches and strategies that are effective in their own countries, we start by listening rather than imposing our own values and work collaboratively with them, using their cultural knowledge.