Today, 10 December 2012, ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association celebrates the 64th Human Rights Day together with all people and organisations in the world fighting for human rights to be truly universal, including for LGBTI people.
2012 has been an important year for the LGBTI movement: the Panel Discussion on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity held in March 2012 at the 19th UN Human Rights Council marked a historic step towards the international recognition of human rights of LGBTI people. Moreover, in November 2012 the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) expanded its commitment to the universality of human rights by including gender identity in the Resolution on Extra Judicial Executions.
Despite these positive steps, we are witnessing violations of the human rights of LGBTI people on a daily basis, as can be seen, for example, in Uganda, Russia and Nigeria where anti gays bills are being taken or have been taken into consideration for approval. In too many countries in the world LGBTI people are still oppressed, punished, discriminated and violated in their fundamental human rights. The Human Rights Day is a key occasion to remember that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UNGA in 1948, states that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights (ART 1) and that everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person (ART 3).
“This is an important day to be celebrated for us all. The recognition of universality of human rights brings us to the front of the struggle to build a better world without any discrimination, an inclusive world in which all people feel safe and enjoy life” said Gloria Careaga, co-Secretary General
“As the XXVI ILGA World Conference is taking place in these days in Stockholm, Sweden, more than 350 delegates are attending, not only to strategize and network to build a stronger LGBTI movement, but also and foremost to remind everyone that LGBTI people can no longer be excluded from the full enjoyment of the fundamental human rights every human being is entitled to.” said Renato Sabbadini, co-Secretary General of ILGA.
Gloria Careaga and Renato Sabbadini
Co-Secretaries General of ILGA