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Edward Young v. Australia

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Edward Young v. Australia


(Communication No. 941/2000), CCPR/C/78/D/941/2000


Article 26 – discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation, discrimination on the ground of sex:

The applicant was in a same-sex relationship for many years. His partner was a war veteran and when he died the complainant applied for a pension as a veteran’s dependent. He was denied because the relevant rules granted a pension only to unmarried cohabiting partners of the opposite sex.


Violation of Article 26: The Human Rights Committee held that sexual orientation was covered by the notion of “other status” in Article 26, and held that denying the author’s pension constituted discrimination on the ground of his sexual orientation.

(Paragraph 10.3, 10.4, 11)

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