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Towards the effective protection of LGBTI persons deprived of liberty: a monitoring guide


LGBTI persons have historically been subjected to discrimination, abuse, and institutional violence, across all regions of the world. Discriminatory and abusive patterns are magnified in detention contexts, making Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons who are deprived of their liberty particularly exposed to risks of ill-treatment and even torture.

This manual is a direct response to the growing demand for practical guidance on this topic, and covers prisons, police custody and immigration detention facilities. This publication has benefited from the expertise of numerous experts and practitioners from diverse disciplines.


“This guide – prepared by the Association for the Prevention of Torture with great attention to the current state of international human rights law, best practices in the field of torture prevention, and the wealth of experience of the extraordinary group of experts that provided its substance – will provide an understanding of the factors of risk and the acts, patterns and extreme manifestations of torture and ill treatment against LGTBI persons, and is an invaluable blueprint for any conceptual understanding of these.”

Foreword by Victor Madrigal-Borloz, UN Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity.


You can download the publication from the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) website, or click on the buttons below to go directly to the publications:


This guide was written by Jean-Sébastien Blanc, Director of Thematic Programmes at the APT.

GATE’s Executive Director, Mauro Cabral, was one of the experts who contributed to the first draft at a peer-review meeting held at the Jean-Jacques Gautier Center in Geneva on 15 and 16 March 2018. 


When referencing this report, we recommend the following citation:
Association for the Prevention of Torture, Towards the Effective Protection of LGBTI Persons Deprived of Liberty: A Monitoring Guide. (Geneva, December 2018).


© 2018, Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), all rights reserved. Materials contained in this publication may be freely quoted or reprinted, provided credit is given to the source. Requests for permission to reproduce or translate the publication should be addressed to the APT.