Nicaragua: Shadow Report on the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People

This shadow report was prepared by Global Rights, Grupo Safo, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), the International Human Rights Clinic from the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, and the Nicaragua branch of the Red de Personas Trans de Latinoamerica y el Caribe. The report was submitted to the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee to contribute to their evaluation of Nicaragua’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

The Human Rights Committee regularly reviews submissions from every state party that has ratified the ICCPR. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can submit “shadow reports,” which serve as supplementary information to UN Committee members. In these reports, NGOs offer their own evaluation, based on their own reports, of the state’s compliance with the treaty.

For more information about Nicaragua’s review (scheduled for October 17, 2008) and the 94th Session of the Human Rights Committee in Geneva, see: