Chile: Shadow Report on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals

This report was written as a starting point for advocacy at the UN of greater protection and promotion of the rights of LGBT persons in Chile.

We hope that the findings in this report will be useful to the Human Rights Committee. The Human Rights Committee regularly reviews submissions from every state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Non-governmental organizations may submit “shadow reports,” which serve as an additional source of information for UN Committee members. In the shadow reports, NGOs generally offer their own evaluation of the state’s compliance with the treaty. The Chile Shadow Report was submitted for consideration to the Human Rights Committee on March 14, 2007.

Many thanks to Global Rights for giving IGLHRC permisssion to re-produce the report on our website.

Update:

In its concluding observation to the Government of Chile, the U.N. Human Rights Committee (HRC) acknowledged the decriminalization of same-sex relations in Chile, but expressed concerns over discrimination based on sexual orientation that takes place in the court system and access to health care.

The following text is an excerpt from the UN HRC report referencing our work:(currently only in Spanish):

"2. Aunque observa con satisfacción la abrogación de las disposiciones que penalizaban las relaciones homosexuales entre adultos responsables, el Comité continúa preocupado ante la discriminación de la que son objeto ciertas personas debido a su orientación sexual, entre otros ámbitos, frente a los tribunales y en el acceso a la salud. (artículos 2 y 26 del Pacto) El Estado parte debería garantizar a todas las personas la igualdad de los derechos establecidos en el Pacto, independientemente de su orientación sexual, incluyendo igualdad ante la ley y en el acceso a los servicios de salud. Debería también poner en práctica programas de sensibilización con el fin de combatir los perjuicios sociales."