Please note: the new deadline is 31st may 2012.
In July 2010 a group of refugees, lawyers, academics, activists and health professional from around the world met at the University of Greenwich to discuss the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees fleeing persecution as a result of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
A set of principles and a call for action were agreed by the delegates at the conference. These have been put together into a document with the working title the Greenwich Declaration of Human Rights for LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Refugees. The draft of the Declaration has been agreed on by an advisory committee and has now been launched for a wider consultation.
We have aimed to create a document that can be used as a global campaigning tool. The final version of the document will be web-based and we will ask campaign globally for organisations and individuals to sign up to the declaration to show that they support the principles set out. This will then assist small grass-roots organisations to lobby for change, as they will be able to rely on the fact that these are widely supported principles.
Please take the time to look at the consultation questions and give us your views. The declaration is divided into 2 parts, the declaration and supporting resources and references. If you work with people who may not have easy access to the web, then please try to canvas their views before completing the survey. We want to ensure that the process includes the views of all those who are affected.
Once all survey responses have been considered a final draft of the declaration will be agreed on by the advisory group and the declaration will be launched by Baroness Gould at the House of Lords on 4th July 2012. The launch event will be followed by the Double Jeopardy Conference at Greenwich University on 5th and 6th July 2012.
The Greenwich Declaration is an international campaigning and lobbying tool, drafted to set minimum standards for protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex refugees.