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Supporting the Brazilian resolution

in SWITZERLAND, 12/03/2004

Are LGBT rights human rights? Debate to begin at the UN

At the last session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR), Brazil proposed a resolution on "human rights and sexual orientation" (E/CN.4/2003/L.92) which claims that sexual diversity is an integral part of Universal Human Rights as reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

As a result, 53 nations will sit in Geneva next March to discuss, argue, vote and then publicly declare if they believe sexual orientation is a human right or not.

If the resolution is approved, it will probably not cause direct changes in many countries but it will send a clear signal to the global community that they are NOT right when they discriminate against people on the grounds of their sexual orientation.

The whole thing may seem not to have anything to do with ordinary people but we at ILGA believe there is much each of us can do to have our voice heard next March in Geneva.

The resolution will be voted on by the 53 countries with voting rights but non-voting countries can participate in the debate. It is our common responsibility to get each governement to address the issue and make a public statement on sexual orientation and human rights.
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