The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expressed its concern about the absence of public policies and laws that guarantee the rights of the LGTBIQ + community in Venezuela.
Through a statement the Commission reiterated its concern about the validity of Article 565 of the Organic Code of Military Justice, which establishes a penalty of 1 to 3 years in prison for the military person who “commits unnatural sexual acts”, criminalizing the consensual sexual relations between persons of the same gender within the military service.
In this regard, he urged the Venezuelan State to take effective measures to recognize the rights of LGBTI people and eradicate discrimination, violence and situations of vulnerability to which they are exposed.
“States must legally recognize unions or marriage without discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, granting all the rights that derive from that relationship,” it pointed out.
The IACHR highlighted in the letter the complaints received regarding the lack of procedures that guarantee the right to gender identity of trans, non-binary, and gender-diverse people.
For this reason, the Commission urged the Venezuelan State to guarantee the rectification of the image, name and markers of diverse sex/gender through an “internal, simple and expeditious resource, preferably administrative, available to people who are in Venezuela and abroad.”
Finally, it called on Venezuela to promote laws and public policies that guarantee the human rights to equality and non-discrimination of LGBTI people, advancing in the construction of a cultural change that fosters a more inclusive, egalitarian and free society free of all kinds of discrimination.