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International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Venezuela (CCPR 14-08-2015)
The Human Rights Committee considered the fourth periodic report submitted by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (CCPR/C/VEN/4) at its 3164th to 3166th meetings (CCPR/C/SR.3164 to 3166), held on 29 and 30 June 2015. At its 3191st and 3193rd meetings (CCPR/C/SR.3191 and 3193), held on 20 and 21 July 2015, the Committee adopted the following concluding observations.
Principal subjects of concern and recommendations
Alleged acts of discrimination and violence on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity
- The Committee acknowledges the efforts of the Ombudsman’s Office with regard to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. However, it is concerned at reports of discrimination and acts of violence, including murder, directed at these persons on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity (arts. 2, 6, 7 and 26).
The State party should redouble its efforts to combat stereotypes of and prejudice against LGBTI persons and ensure that acts of discrimination are prevented and that acts of violence against such persons are investigated effectively and that those responsible are prosecuted and punished appropriately. Furthermore, the State party should consider enacting wide-ranging and comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation that sets forth a definition containing a complete list of prohibited grounds for discrimination, including sexual orientation and gender identity.