Civil Society Organisations and LGBT+ Rights in Bangladesh: A Critical Analysis
Seuty Sabur and
Journal of South Asian Development, 2020, vol. 15, issue 2, 184-208
This article explores civil society organizationsâ€™ (CSOs) views on the contemporary situation of LGBT + people in Bangladesh. It is a lacuna requiring attention because of the countryâ€™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 CSOsâ€™ submissions to the United Nations third cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR), 2013â€“2018. These reveal how a series of key pathologiesâ€”including, violence, intimidation and discriminationâ€”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 elitesâ€™ refusal to embrace equality in relation to gender identity and sexual orientation.
Keywords: LGBT+; human rights; Bangladesh; civil society; pathologies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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