The International Lesbian and Gay Association (www.ilga.org) has published a survey of the legal and human rights situation of sexual minorities around the world at its web site. It is believed to be the most extensive survey of its kind ever produced.
The purpose of the survey is to provide a comprehensive, authoritative, source of information for all people working to promote the human rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people. It will be a "living" resource, continually updated to reflect developments in the world wide campaign for LGBT rights.
The survey includes a page for each country in a standard format with sections covering the sexual offences law, freedom of expression and association, anti-discrimination legislation, employment protection legislation, recognition of lesbian and gay partnerships, parenting, asylum, violence against LGBT people, police harassment, and human rights issues affecting transgendered people and people with HIV/AIDS. The country pages are linked to other more detailed sources, including legal texts, government reports and legal judgements.
There are also some 50 summaries listing everything from countries where lesbian and gay relationships are illegal to countries where adoption by lesbians and gays is permitted.
Inevitably there are many gaps, and the quality of some of the information is uncertain. Indeed, the survey as now published is very much a start point. ILGA hopes that individuals and organisations with a good knowledge of the legal and human rights situation in their country will join with ILGA in working to improve the quality of the information and in keeping it up to date. All sources of information will be acknowledged.
The International Lesbian and Gay Association is a world-wide federation of national and local groups dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people everywhere. Founded in 1978, it now has more than 350 member organisations. Every continent and around 80 countries are represented.