We expect once and for all, the condemnation of all violations of human rights against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender around the world
Item 14: Specific groups and individualsDear President, distinguished members of the Human Rights Commission
As a member or the Asamblea Permanente por los Derechos Humanos (Permanent Task Force for Human Rights), member of the Comunidad Homosexual Argentina (Argentine Homosexual Community Organization) and of the International Lesbian and Gays Association (ILGA), I hereby denounce the violation of our human rights due to sexual orientation and gender identity issues
Being gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, transsexual and intersexual means being exposed to discrimination and isolation in many countries of the world. We are denied fair access to justice, the right to adequate healthcare, the right to life, to education, to equal opportunities for employment, to a decent standard of living.
We are required to hide our identity, to live in silence, to seek asylum and we are the victimized by fear, offence, harassment, invisibility and even victimized to death; thousands of people are murdered because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Human rights are universal and indivisible. Fighting for only one or two of them, religious or racial equality for example is not enough. Sexual orientation and gender identity are part of our identity, together with race, gender or religious beliefs.
This Human Rights Commission must declare and guarantee the principle that the right to freely live one’s sexual orientation and choose one’s gender identity are fundamental basic human rights. We expect once and for all, the condemnation of all violations of human rights against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender around the world. Delaying the final decision on this issue from this commission protects by omission a myriad of barbarous acts, such as massacres, arbitrary arrests, torture, and the use of the death penalty.
The urgent and necessary acknowledgement of the rights of our community by this Human Rights Commission will announce a NUNCA MAS (never more) and be an acknowledgment of universal values: equality before the law and against unequal and unfair treatment among human beings.
Your passage and acceptance of this resolution will send a signal to all peoples in the world to start building more just and egalitarian societies, in which we can rid ourselves of irrational hate and segregationist justifications based on the persecution of all that is different and the rejection of human diversity.
It is fundamental for us to promote and build a society founded in a culture of peace and a world mentality favourable to the recognition and acceptance diversity in all countries in the world. The grand fight against oppression cannot be won if we choose to oppose certain forms of it while turning a blind eye to others.
The members of this Human Rights Commission have the opportunity, the power and even the obligation to assure the prevalence of human rights granted to all of us as human beings.
We are falling behind and it is time, distinguished members of the Human Rights Commission; It is time to act for millions of human beings who are waiting for this act of justice and fairness. Throughout the history of humanity, silence has always been the cover for injustice and barbarity. Now it is your time, dear members.
There are no religions, no dogmas, no fundamentalisms, nor political policy that can defend injustice because of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Argentina supports the acknowledgement and protection of human rights by this body of all human beings without regard to their sexual orientation and gender identity. Our President, Mr. Nestor Kirchner, has publicly endorsed a UN resolution on this matter. We hope you will also do so.
I will finish my speech today with the slogan Comunidad Homosexual Argentina (Argentine Homosexual Community Organization) “the desire for all liberties lies at the very heart of our struggle and mission.”
Thank you very much, Mr. President
Pedro Anibal Paradiso SottileAsamblea Permanente por los Derechos Humanos (APDH)Comunidad Homosexual Argentina (CHA)