The UN Human Rights Council must act to reverse a global trend towards using the law to restrict and criminalise the work of human rights defenders, the International Service for Human Rights said today. >>>
This week November 18, 2012 at the ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) heads of state adopted the first ever ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD). To the grave disappointment of representatives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) peoples through out the region, the declaration did not include protections for this highly vulnerable group.
This year, under the theme “Different but the same” RoCK has organized a series of events include art exhibitions, film festivals, a blessing ceremony, various social events and workshops on issues such as media sensitivity and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights as human rights according to the Yogyakarta Principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity. >>>
At the United Nations Human Rights Council March 2012 meeting in Geneva, an expert panel was convened to discuss the first-ever UN report focused on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity: “Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity,” ( A.HRC.19.41.) >>>
In the last few weeks South African representatives have launched an extraordinary human rights offensive at the United Nations, within the context of a growing global debate about the rights of sexual minorities. >>>
The Human Rights Council's first-ever formal UN inter-governmental debate on violence and discrimination against LGBT people on March 7 was marked by the walk out by many representatives from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the Arab group and the African group.
Manila, Philippines – Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) activists have submitted to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland two scathing reports on the violations of the human rights of their community in the Philippines. >>>
Justus Eisfeld, Executive Director of Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE) underscored the need to address gender identity in the framework of the UN, as trans people face human right violations on a daily basis.
At the ILGA panel at the 17th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Eisfeld identified strategies on how to address discrimination on the basis of SOGI at the UN level. >>>
Yves de Matteis announced that the Parliament of the City of Geneva unanimously accepted in November, a motion asking for the launching of an International Coalition of Cities Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The aim of this coalition is to try to establish a chain of solidarity going from one city to another in order to fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
ILGA Panel at the UN Human Rights Council, 7 June 2011, “The Growing Consensus of governments towards the end of criminalization based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
By Yves de Matteis, member of the Parliament of the City of Geneva >>>
ILGA organized the panel "The Growing Consensus: Towards the End of Criminalization and Human Rights Violations based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity" at the 17th session of the Human Rights Council on Tuesday 7 June 2011 at Palais des Nations, Geneva. Naome Ruzindana (Rwanda) is among the panelists. She presented her paper "The Great Lakes of Africa: Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and their Position Towards LGBTI Rights." >>>
Its reported that Thailand will support a new UN declaration on gay rights which the US intends to introduce to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The declaration has the support of more than 80 countries, according to the Associated Press.
The document demands that countries end persecution of gay people and asks the U.N. to
review how governments treat their gay citizens. >>>
25/03/2011 | Women's Project Coordinator - ILGA
Isis International presented a paper on The Food Crisis and Women in the Global South at a panel on Women, Right to Food, Food Security, Food Sovereignty on March 9, 2011 during the 16th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. >>>
On Friday 11 March, Kasha Jacqueline (from the Coalition of African Lesbians and Freedom and Roam Uganda) read a powerful collective statement about the experiences of LGBTI people around the globe. A team of activists at the Council, many of whom are in Geneva to focus on sexuality and gender-related issues, drafted the statement, which calls for an end to human rights abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity. >>>