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Cesar Cigliutti at the UN Assembly
UN 2004 - NGO Statement on LGBT rights

in ARGENTINA, 17/04/2004

Fundamentalist religions, doctrines, and politics cannot sustain the shame of the inequality suffered by people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Pedro Anibal Paradiso Sottile and Cesar Cigliutti (CHA - argentina) 's speech at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. (Item 14: Vulnerable groups)

Dear President and Members of the Commission,

As a member of the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights, the Homosexual Argentinean Community and the International Lesbian and Gay Association, I would like to draw your attention to the violation of human rights we are experiencing on the grounds of our sexual orientation and our gender identity.

Many nations in the world are now in the process of granting the same civil, legal and human rights to homosexual people as to the rest of their populations. Nevertheless, certain countries continue to discriminate against gay, lesbian, transvestite,
trans-sexual and bisexual people.

This discrimination manifests itself in persecution and, in some instances, murder. In many cases, the state encourages intolerance which denies us the right to health, housing, education and work, making us "invisible" and susceptable to insults in our daily lives.

We need official support and protection to help stop these abuses and to make sure the abusers do not go unpunished.

We believe that it is only a matter of time before our rights are recognised. Fundamentalist religions, doctrines, and politics cannot sustain the shame of the inequality suffered by people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

We call upon the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to affirm the universality of the right for adults to be themselves and to be free to love each other.

This year, a large and diverse delegation, from all parts of the world, has joined with international groups, including ILGA (the International Lesbian and Gay Association, a federation of over 400 organizations from 90 countries), to ensure that our voices are heard here in Geneva. We represent all ethnicities, all social backgrounds, all cultures and all religions. We ask you to recognise our right to be protected from discrimination on the grounds of our sexual orientation and gender identity in the same way as we would be protected if we suffered from discrimination on the grounds of our race, political views or religion.

The President of Argentina supports and recognizes universal human rights for all, irrespective of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Argentinian civil society has also expressed its support for us through human rights organizations, trade unions and social groups.

As members of this Commission, you have the power to change and improve our situation and history. Equality, justice and freedom are intrinsic values that cannot be negotiated. We, and millions of people around the world, look to you for your support in our struggle for justice.

Only education and respect for diversity can guarantee the dignity of people and civilizations: the foundation of the struggle of gay men, lesbians, transvestites, trans-sexuals and bisexuals for their dignity is the basic human desire for freedom.

“At the origin of our fight is the desire for freedom”.

Thank you.


Pedro Paradiso Sottile and Cesar Cigliutti
Asamblea Permanente por los Derechos Humanos
(APDH)

Comunidad Homosexual Argentina
"En el origen de nuestra lucha está el deseo de todas las libertades"
Ciudad de Buenos Aires- Argentina
informacion@cha.org.ar - http://www.cha.org.ar/html/index.html



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