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Guyana - Human Rights Committee - LGBTIQ+ - February 2024

Date: February 5, 2024
Country: Guyana
Issues: LGBTIQ+ Rights
Mechanism: UN Human Rights Committee
Report Type: Shadow/Parallel Report
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This report addresses compliance by the Government of Guyana (Government) with its human rights obligations concerning people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual or gender minorities (LGBT+).

No Guyanese laws expressly prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and LGBT+ people report experiencing discrimination almost all facets of their lives, including in education, health, public transportation, and access to justice. There is also little redress for LGBT+ people who experience discrimination.

LGBT+ individuals face significant risks of discrimination and violence from State and non-State actors, including police. Many LGBT+ people who experience violence do not report violations of their human rights to police for fear of further persecution.

The Government retains laws that criminalize consensual same-sex sexual activity between men. Although the laws are not regularly enforced, police use the threat of criminal charges to exploit men they find in compromising situations.