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CHercheur.euse de liberté

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Demandeur.euse.s de protection internationale

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Human rights organisation

There are different organisations fighting for human rights. Here are some examples:

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is a UN agency mandated to aid and protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people, and to assist in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

A part of the United Nations Secretariat is the human rights official of the United Nations. It works to promote human rights under international law.

Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, International (HURIDOCS)

It is a globally renowned organisation that aims at improving the information handling capabilities of organisations in mostly developing countries with regard to human rights.

Children’s Rights Information Network (CRIN)

CRIN is an international network that aims at monitoring child rights by circulating information of child rights and its violations.

World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)

The world’s largest coalition of non-governmental organisations, OMCT is a unit for human rights that fights against violence. https://www.omct.org/en 

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is an international NGO that “takes injustice personally.” Focused on championing human rights, Amnesty International in London.

Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)

AWID was founded in 1982 as an organisation committed to achieving gender equality and women’s rights around the world.

LGBTQIA+ organizations/groups

Local organisations

Try to look for active organisations/groups in your country. As these are banned in certain counties, they may be based abroad. They may be active online, on Facebook for instance. Use a search engine to find the organisations. Contact them and see what type of support and help they offer. 

International organisations : Rainbow Railroad

Rainbow Railroad is a small volunteer-based organization that helps persecuted LGBTQIA+ people escape state-sponsored violence get to safety. Their resources are limited and the legal and political issues involved in travel.

Rainbow Railroad is not an immigration advice service, cannot issue visas, expedite visa processing, or apply for visas on your behalf and have no power in relation to the granting of visas to Canada or any other country.

Here are the steps you may follow:

  • Contact them by email: help@rainbowrailroad.ca.
  • Verify your case (provide documents and documents.
  • Develop your routes to safety

They are able to provide funding for travel.

Online advisory and emotional support 

Getting supported online is often the safer option for people who are living in highly homophobic countries.

  • Empty Closets: Empty Closets is a place where you can figure out who you are as LGBTQIA+ individuals, surrounded by other people just like you as LGBTQIA+ individuals. It's an online forum for people around the world to discuss any issues they are having relating to their sexuality. Talking to others can be of great help and comfort especially when you are feeling isolated due to your surroundings. There are great advisors there that can be very helpful concerning your individual situation.
  • Find Helpline: A website offering confidential support from a real human over phone, text or webchat. Just go to the website, choose your country and you will get information.
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