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ECOSOC Campaign: Final Petition for LGBT Groups' ECOSOC Status

in WORLD, 22/07/2006

Following is the ECOSOC petition, which has been endorsed by more than 200 organisations from over 60 countries. Thanks to everyone for their tremendous support. John Fisher / Arc International

PETITION re: NGO Access and Participation

Whereas the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs has recently rejected every application for consultative status of NGOs which address human rights violations directed against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, specifically:

i. the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), on January 23, 2006;
ii. LBL, the Landsforeningen for Bøsser og Lesbiske (the Danish National Association for Gays and Lesbians), on January 23, 2006;
iii. LSVD - the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany, on May 16, 2006;
iv. ILGA-Europe, on May 17, 2006.

Whereas these rejections took place despite the objections of several States and of CONGO (the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations) that the decisions had been taken on discriminatory grounds;

Whereas questions of NGO access and participation are of significant concern for all NGOs, particularly during this time of UN transition and reform;

Therefore we, the undersigned NGOs, from all regions of the world and representing a broad range of human rights interests, emphasize the vital importance of upholding the following principles:

(i) Due Process: The procedure used against LBL and ILGA (summary dismissal without any sort of hearing and with no reasons given for the dismissal), and the subsequent dismissal of the applications of LSVD and ILGA-Europe without legitimate reason, is a disturbing departure from usual practice. This summary and arbitrary procedure could in future be used against ANY NGO applying for ECOSOC status and is inconsistent with the basic requirements of due process;

(ii) Freedom of Expression: It is crucial that NGOs addressing issues perceived to be controversial be heard inside the UN system. Indeed, the more unpopular or marginalised the human rights concerns being addressed, the more important it is that NGO voices be heard;

(iii) Non-discrimination: Singling out for summary dismissal NGOs which advocate against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity perpetuates that discrimination, and sets a dangerous precedent for all NGOs advocating respect for the human rights of marginalized groups.

We therefore call upon ECOSOC to overturn the refusal of the NGO Committee to grant consultative status to NGOs addressing the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and to favourably consider the applications of ILGA, LBL, LSVD and ILGA-Europe on their merits.

Supported by:

Centro "Doña Luisa Gutierrez", Argentina
Campaign for an Inter-American Convention on Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Argentina
Comunidad Homosexual Argentina (CHA), Argentina
Coordinación RIMA, Argentina
Coordinación Safo Piensa, Argentina
Fund HIV SIDA, Argentina
Futuro Transgenérico, Argentina
Iglesia Cristiana Misionera de Buenos Aires, Argentina
NEXO Asociación Civil, Argentina
Unión de Mujeres Desocupadas de la República Argentina, Argentina
VOX Asociación Civil, Argentina
Australian Bisexual Network, Australia
Australian Reproductive Health Alliance, Australia
Rights Australia, Australia
European Transgender Network (TGEU), Austria
Homosexuelle Initiative (HOSI) Linz, Austria
Homosexuelle Initiative (HOSI) Wien, Austria
International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF), Austria
Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum, Bangladesh
English-speaking Gay Group, Belgium
Equality for Gays And Lesbians In The European Institutions (EGALITE), Belgium
European Disability Forum, Belgium
Gender Action Group, Belgium
Het Roze Huis - Antwerpse Regenboogkoepel, Belgium
Holebifederatie, Belgium
ILGA Europe, Belgium
Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights in the European Parliament, Belgium
Unie Vrijzinnige Verenigingen, Belgium
European Women's Lobby (Belgium/Europe), Belgium/Europe
Alliance Against AIDS, Beliza
Provisol-Bol, Boliva
Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, Bolivia
Fundación REDVIHDA, Bolivia
International Initiative for Visibility of Queer Muslims, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Non-patriarchal Inter-faith Organisation Logos, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Associação Brasileira Interdisciplinar de AIDS-ABIA, Brazil
Associação da Parada do Orgulho GLBT de São Paulo, Brazil
Brazilian Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Association (aBGLT), Brazil
Grupo Dignidade, Brazil
Grupo E-jovem de Adolescentes Gays, Lésbicas e Aliados, Brazil
Grupo liberdade Igualdade e Cidadania Homossexual - GLICH de Feira de Santana, Brazil
Igreja da Comunidade Metropolitana, Brazil
Instituto Edson Neris, Brazil
Movimento Gay de Minas (MGM), Brazil
P+ BRASIL - Rede Nacional de Pessoas Vivendo com HIV/AIDS, Brazil
Um Outro Olhar, Brazil
Bulgarian Gay Organisation 'Gemini', Bulgaria
Alternatives-Cameroun, Cameroon
Action Canada for Population and Development, Canada
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Canada
Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canada
Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario (CLGRO), Canada
Coalition gaie et lesbienne du Québec, Canada
Egale Canada, Canada
Women's Health in Women's Hands, Canada
Youth Coalition, Canada
Corporación Chilena de Prevención del SIDA, Chile
Corporación Humanas - Centro Regional de Derechos Humanos y Justicia de Género, Chile
Movimiento de Integración y Liberación (Movilh), Chile
Red de Salud de las Mujeres Latinoamericanas y del Caribe (RSMLAC), Chile
Traveschile, Chile
Aizhixing Institute of Health Education, China
Beijing Aizhixing Institute, China
Common Language, China
Colombia Diversa, Colombia
TRANS-SER, Colombia
Concertación Interamericana de Mujeres Activistas por los Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres, Costa Rica
Movimiento Diversidad GLBT, Costa Rica
Lesbian Group Kontra, Croatia
LBL (Danish National Organisation for Gays and Lesbians), Denmark
Amigos siempre Amigos, Dominican Republic
Colectiva Mujer y Salud, Dominican Republic
Centro de Documentación en Derechos Humanos "Segundo Montes Mozo S.J." (CSMM), Ecuador
European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights, Europe
Association pour la Reconnaissance des Droits des personnes Homosexuelles et transexuelles à l'Immigration et au Séjour, France
Autre Cercle, France
Commission LGBT des Verts, France
Fédération Française des Centres LGBT, France
France InterPride Coordination, France
Interassociative LGBT, France
Public Services International, France
Reseau d'Assistance des Victimes d'Agressions et de Discriminations (RAVAD), France
Sans Contrefaçon, France
Solidarité Internationale LGBT, France
European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA), Germany
Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD), Germany
Lesbian and Gay Liberation Front e.V., Germany
Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights Ghana (CEPEHRG), Ghana
Asociación Fomento, Guatemala
Asociación para el Estudio y Promoción de la Seguridad en Democracia, Guatemala
Colectiva de Lesbianas Liberadas, Guatemala
La Fundación Preventiva del SIDA Fernando Iturbide, Guatemala
Movimiento Nacional por los Derechos Humanos, Guatemala
Red Nacional de personas que viven con el VIH, Guatemala
Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Guyana
Centro de Investigación y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CIPRODEH), Honduras
Comunidad Gay Sampedrana, Honduras
Mujer Sin Límite y Comunidad Gay Sampedrana, Honduras
Red Lesbica Cattrachas, Honduras
Háttér Társaság a Melegekért (Háttér Support Society for LGBT People in Hungary), Hungary
Samabhavana Society, India
Solidarity and Action Against The HIV Infection in India (SAATHII), India
Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues (TARSHI), India
Women Living Under Muslim Laws, International
International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), International/Belgium
Amnesty International, International/UK
Global Rights, International/USA
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), International/USA
International Lesbian and Gay Law Association (ILGLAW), International/USA
Arcigay, Italy
Equality Now! Development Group, Kenya
GALEBITRA-Association, Kenya
GayKenya, Kenya
Malta Gay Rights Movement, Malta
Servicios Humanitarios en Salud Sexual y Reproductiva, Mesico
Association for Women's Rights in Development, Mexico
Centro de Derechos de la Mujer de Chiapas AC, Mexico
Centro de Estudios y Proyectos para el Desarrollo Humano Integral, Mexico
CHECCOS AC - Centro de Información y Educación Sexual, Mexico
Colectivo Diversiless, Mexico
COLEGA AC - Centro de la Diversidad Sexual, Mexico
Diversidad y Dignificación de la Política, Mexico
Fundacion Arcoiris, Mexico
Genero, Etica y Salud Sexual AC, Mexico
Grupo CD4, Mexico
La Unidad de Atención Sicológica, Sexológica y Educativa para el Crecimeinto Personal, Mexico
Oasis de San Juan de Dios, Mexico
El Closet de Sor Juana, Mexico
The Rainbow Project, Namibia
COC Netherlands, Netherlands
Dutch Expertise Centre on Gay & Lesbian Policy Issues, Netherlands
Empowerment Lifestyle Services, Netherlands
Homosexualiteit en Krijgsmacht, Netherlands
Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (HIVOS), Netherlands
International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Youth and Student Organisation, Netherlands
Landelijk Netwerk Biseksualiteit (NLBi), Netherlands
Agender NZ, New Zealand
New Zealand AIDS Foundation, New Zealand
Rainbow Labour, New Zealand
TransMana, New Zealand
Centro Nicaraguense  Para  el Desarrollo  Humano, Nicaragua
Wellington Rainbow Network, New Zealand
Alliance Rights Nigeria, Nigeria
Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Nigeria
Asociación Hombres y Mujeres Nuevos de Panamá (AHMNP), Panama
Paragay, Paraguay
Centro de la Mujer Peruana Flora Tristán, Peru
Comité de América Latina y el Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de la Mujer, Peru
El Colectivo ContraNaturas, Peru
Instituto para la Promoción de la Diversidad y la Cultura, Peru
Can't Live in the Closet (CLIC), Philippines
Iwag Dabaw, Philippines
Progay Philippines, Philippines
Opus Gay Portugal, Portugal
Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, Puerto Rico
Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, Russia
International Youth Human Rights Movement, Russia
Project GayRussia, Russia
Siberian Human Rights Network "Rights Society", Russia
Horizon Community Association, Rwanda
GAY AND LIGEEY du Senegal, Senegal
Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Engender, South Africa
Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa (GALA), South Africa
Gender DynamiX, South Africa
Intersexed Society of South Africa, South Africa
OUT LGBT Well-being, South Africa
PMB Gay & Lesbian Network, South Africa
Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (RAPCAN), South Africa
South African Youth Liberating Organisation, South Africa
Women'sNet, South Africa
Asociación de gays, lesbianas, transexuales y bisexuales del País Vasco, Spain
Col·lectiu Tal Qual de Lesbianes, Gais, Transsexuals i Bisexuals de Castelló i Comarques, Spain
Coordinadora Gai-Lesbiana, Spain
Euskal Herriko Gay-Les Askapenerako Mugimendua, Spain
Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gays, Transexuales y Bisexuales (FELGT), Spain
Fundación Triangulo, Spain
Grup d'Amics Gais (GAG), Spain
Inclou, gais i lesbianes en l'educació, Spain
Equal Ground, Sri Lanka
Inform, Sri Lanka
Women and Media Collective, Sri Lanka
Women's Support Group (WSG), Sri Lanka
HoF (Association for LGBT persons within the Swedish Military), Sweden
Homosexuella socialister, Sweden
International Lesbian & Gay Culture Workers Information Secretariat (ILGCN), Sweden
Nordic Homo Council, Sweden
Nordic Rainbow Humanists, Sweden
RFSL - Riksförbundet för sexuellt likaberättigande (Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights), Sweden
Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, Sweden
Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers), Sweden
360, Switzerland
Association Dialogai, Switzerland
Dialogai, Switzerland
Happy Gays, Switzerland
Homosexuelle Arbeitsgruppen Zürich, Switzerland
International Commission of Jurists, Switzerland
International Service for Human Rights, Switzerland
International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF), Switzerland
Lesbenorganisation Schweiz LOS, Switzerland
Lilaphon Luzern, Switzerland
OMCT - World Organisation Against Torture, Switzerland
Pax Romana, Switzerland
Pink Cross, Switzerland
ARC International, Switzerland/Canada
Tanzania Lesbian Association, Tanzania
Gays Without Borders, Thailand
Tonga Leiti's Association, Tonga
Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Researches and Solidarity Association (Kaos GL), Turkey
Lambdaistanbul LGBTT Association, Turkey
Women for Women's Human Rights (WWHR) - NEW WAYS, Turkey
Anti-Homophobie Africaine, Uganda
Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG), Uganda
Integrity/Integrated Fellowship Uganda, Uganda
Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), Uganda
Advocates for Lesbian and Gay Rights (ALEGRI), United Kingdom
Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, United Kingdom
Schools OUT, United Kingdom
UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group, United Kingdom
UNISON (the Public Service Union), United Kingdom
Asociacion de Minorias Sexuales del Uruguay, Uruguay
Advocates for Youth, USA
Center for Women's Global Leadership, USA
Education International, USA
Human Rights Campaign, USA
International Working Group, USA
Open Society Institute, USA
Union Afirmativa de Venezuela, Venezuela
Africanveil Team, Zambia
Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

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