Powerful training on reinforcement of accountability for human rights violations with national and international human rights mechanisms that I was lucky to participate
By Hailey Flynn, Takahisa Juba and Urooj Rahman
When we began our human rights defender training in South Africa by asking participants to give examples of discrimination they faced as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees, we didn’t expect many people to share. What we heard, however, was an outpouring of tragic events. Participants openly discussed how their partner or friend had been killed and how they had lost their livelihood and homes because of their sexual identity. Some even bore the scars of recent physical assault. We were there to work together to overcome this endemic abuse, and were inspired by their courage because, even in the face of such tragedy, they chose to empower themselves and others.
A few stories come to mind as we remember the dozens of stories of tragedy and resilience. One participant…
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