RFSL brings LGBTQ issues to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Geneva


On June 7 – 8, Sweden’s human rights record will be reviewed by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) in Geneva. It will analyze how well Sweden implements, for instance, the right to work, the right to adequate housing, or the right to health and education, among others. This year, thanks to RFSL’s advocacy, the Committee asked Sweden specifically about measures it takes to address violence in same-sex relations.

In preparations for the review RFSL, together with 15 other Swedish organizations, prepared a shadow report bringing attention to a number of broad human rights issues as well as specific LGBTQ concerns. RFSL focused on gender-based violence against LGBTQ persons, difficulties in accessing work by trans people and violence in same sex relations. Some of the recommendations from RFSL include:

1. Introducing measures, which would facilitate access to labor market by trans people. This must include legal avenues ensuring that legal name and gender data on school certificates, diplomas and other relevant documents can be changed and correspond with one’s ID;
2. Ensuring that violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer persons is included in strategies combating gender-based violence;
3. Putting in place clear policies taking ownership of the issue of violence in same-sex and LGBTQ relationships and include an intersectional approach to domestic violence;
4. Creating specific standards on how social services should work with domestic violence taking into account specific realities of same-sex and LGBTQ relations.

The whole report Joint NGO submission for the review of Sweden (pdf,in English only, opens in new window), presents all arguments and recommendations made by RFSL and its partners .