Workshop on ‘Rights of LGBTIQ persons to Housing, Work, and Access to Public Spaces’, Kochi, 18 May 2019.

Concept Note and Agenda

Over the past four years, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in India has been researching the human rights violations faced by LGBTIQ persons in India, modifying our approach to respond to legal developments in India and with the aim of impacting further legal advances in the field. While from 2015- 2017, the ICJ focused on barriers faced by LGBTIQ persons’ in accessing the Indian justice system, from 2017-2019, the ICJ focused on LGBTQ persons economic, social, and cultural rights in particular their rights in housing, work, and public spaces, which are critical for each individual, and where LGBTIQ persons are at a distinct disadvantage.

This work takes the words of the Supreme Court in the case of Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India as its’ starting point, where the Court found that LGBTIQ persons were entitled to the “full range of constitutional rights,” and that “[e]quality does not only imply recognition of individual dignity but… equal opportunity to advance and develop their human potential and social, economic and legal interests….”[1] 

It is in this context that Queerala, in collaboration with ICJ , is conducting a one-day workshop on the ‘Rights of LGBTIQ persons to Housing, Work, and Access to Public Spaces’ at Kochi, on 18 May 2019.

The workshop will be on the human rights of LGBTIQ persons, with a focus on issues that have emerged as being most relevant to community members in Kochi, particularly issues of access to cultural and religious spaces, violence in public spaces, and social exclusion of LGBTIQ couples. The goal of this conference is dual – to both inform as well as learn from activists and community members about the challenges faced by them. ICJ representatives shall also share findings from their upcoming report on discrimination faced in housing, workplaces and access to public spaces, due to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity’.

About International Commission of Jurists

Composed of 60 eminent judges and lawyers from all regions of the world, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) promotes and protects human rights through the Rule of Law, by using its unique legal expertise to develop and strengthen national and international justice systems. Established in 1952 and active on five continents, the ICJ aims to ensure the progressive development and effective implementation of international human rights and international humanitarian law; secure the realization of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights; safeguard the separation of powers; and guarantee the independence of the judiciary and legal profession.

About Queerala

We invite LGBTIQ persons, our allies, lawyers and law students etc to attend the workshop

Time and Date: 10am-5.30 pm, 18 May 2019

Venue: Kerala Museum, Edappally

Those who wish to participate in the workshop, kindly Confirm their participation by contacting us at 8075645060 or

[1] Supreme Court of India, Navtej Singh Johar & others. v. Union of India, (2018) 10 SCC 1, at para. 104; also see,  International Commission of Jurists, “ICJ: Briefing Paper on Navtej Singh Johar et al v. Union of India and Others”, available at (Accessed on 8 April 2019).