International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Madagascar (CCPR 22-08-2017)

The Committee considered the fourth periodic report of Madagascar (CCPR/C/MDG/4) at its 3384th and 3385th meetings (see CCPR/C/SR.3384 and 3385), held on 10 and 11 July 2017. At its 3406th meeting, held on 25 July 2017, the Committee adopted the following concluding observations.

Concluding observations

C. Principal matters of concern and recommendations

Anti-discrimination framework

  1. The Committee remains concerned about the lack of a comprehensive anti-discrimination law that clearly defines and prohibits direct and indirect discrimination and lists prohibited grounds of discrimination. In that regard, it is particularly concerned about the situation of:

(a) persons living with HIV/AIDS; and

(b) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, who are subjected to stigmatization and discrimination (arts. 2, 3 and 26).

  1. The State party should:

(a) adopt comprehensive legislation to combat racism and discrimination that includes a definition of direct and indirect discrimination, including on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity;

(b) ensure that all victims of discrimination have access to effective remedies; and

(c) take all necessary interim measures, pending the adoption of comprehensive legislation, to combat and prevent stigmatization and discrimination aimed at persons living with HIV/AIDS and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons.

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