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Organization of American States: Western Hemisphere Countries Sign Conventions Against Discrimination

in WORLD, 11/07/2013

On June 6, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) announced that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Uruguay Sign the Conventions Against Racism and Discrimination (June 6, 2013).) These Conventions will take effect once they are approved by the legislative bodies of two of the signatory countries.

According to a press release issued on the occasion of the signing, the Inter-American Convention Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Related Forms of Intolerance improves and reaffirms some of the principles stated in the 1965 United Nations International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

The press release also noted that the Inter-American Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance condemns discrimination on the basis of a wide variety of grounds, including nationality, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, language, religion, cultural identity, political or other opinion, social origin, socioeconomic position, level of education, migration status, status of refugee or repatriated, stateless, or internally displaced person, disability, genetic characteristic, mental or physical health status, including infectious or contagious disease status, or psychologically disabling condition, or for any other reason.

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COALITION OF LGBTTTI ORGANIZATIONS WORKING IN THE OAS CELEBRATES THE APPROVAL OF THE CONVENTIONS ON RACISM AND ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AND INTOLERANCE AND THE SIXTH RESOLUTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY


The Coalition of LGBTTTI organizations of Latin America and the Caribbean, formed by groups belonging to more than 23 countries, expresses in this community its assessment of the activities of the 43rd General Assembly of the Organization of American States, which took place in La Antigua, Guatemala, on June 4 -6, 2013; as well as of its work in the days prior to
the Assembly.

After a long process of discussions and negotiations, the OAS has adopted two conventions at this General Assembly: the Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance; and the Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance, which for the first time in the region include the categories of sexual orientation and gender
identity and expression in an international instrument for the protection of human rights. Likewise, the OAS General Assembly has adopted the fifth resolution AG <https://www.blogger.com/null> / RES. 2807 (XLIII-O/13) "Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression," which includes urging Member States to ensure adequate protection for intersex people and to implement policies and procedures, as appropriate, to ensure conformity of medical practice with recognized standards of human rights in the matter. The resolution was a direct result of the LGBTTTI Coalition's Advocacy, which was particularly necessary in the final discussion of the text within the General Committee, where the drafts and resolutions that do not reach the consensus of the member states are discussed. This discussion took place at the request of El Salvador which was accompanied by the
considerations expressed by the delegations of Jamaica, Belize and Barbados. These considerations faced strong opposition from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Canada and Chile.

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