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Civil society organisations and LGBT+ rights in Bangladesh: a critical analysis

Chaney, Paul ORCID:, Sahoo, Sarbeswar and Sabur, Seuty 2020. Civil society organisations and LGBT+ rights in Bangladesh: a critical analysis. Journal of South Asian Development 15 (2) , pp. 184-208. 10.1177/0973174120950512

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This article explores civil society organizations’ (CSOs) views on the contemporary situation of LGBT+ people in Bangladesh. It is a lacuna requiring attention because of the country’s poor and deteriorating equality and human rights record. Here we analyse the level of attention to prevailing human rights violations and apply critical frame analysis to the corpus of CSOs’ submissions to the United Nations third cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR), 2013–2018. These reveal how a series of key pathologies—including, violence, intimidation and discrimination—affect the lives of LGBT+ people. The wider significance of this study lies in highlighting that, while not a replacement for justiciable rights, the discursive processes offered by the UPR are of key significance in seeking to advance LGBT+ rights in countries like Bangladesh where oppression combines with extremism and political elites’ refusal to embrace equality in relation to gender identity and sexual orientation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0973-1741
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 July 2020
Date of Acceptance: 27 July 2020
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2022 02:00

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