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Fears LGBTs will be left out of ASEAN rights declaration

in WORLD, 22/09/2012

Human rights groups fear that a new declaration on human rights which is being drafted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will do nothing to boost the rights of LGBTs and other minority groups in the region.

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights has been drafting the declaration, which will then be approved by ASEAN member states, however it has not released all sections of the draft declaration for public scrutiny.

‘I worry that the [final declaration] won’t be much different than the current version,’ HRWG senior adviser Yuyun Wahyuningrum told the Post on Friday.

‘A lot of the recommendations were rejected, especially those that concern minority groups like [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning peoples] and indigenous people.’

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