Shadow Report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) regarding Burundi’s Protection of the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons.

Burundi’s Constitution integrates various relevant international and regional human rights instruments. Moreover, the Constitution guarantees non non -discrimination in line with international standards. However, intolerant discourses from official increased in recent years and legislation as well as discriminatory policies were adopted thus exacerbating an already existing intolerance against LGBTI individuals within the society.

This report aims at informing the UN Committee on areas where the State of Burundi is failing to comply with international obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) to fulfill, respect and protect the Rights of LGBTI persons. It then suggests recommendations that should be included in the concluding observations of the Committee to the State of Burundi.    Read full report here