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The Growing Consensus: Towards the End of Criminalization and Human Rights Violations based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

On 7 June 2011 at the 17th session of the Human Rights Council ILGA, with the support of its members and allies, held the panel “The Growing Consensus: Towards the End of Criminalization and Human Rights Violations based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”.

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27th June 2011 10:45

Alessia Valenza

On 22 March 2011 a Joint Statement at the UN Human Rights Council was read on behalf of 85 member countries, calling for an end to violence, criminal sanctions and human rights violations against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This panel discussed the growing consensus of governments towards equality of LGBTI people over time with the Colombian and the Belgian representatives explaining their government involvement in protecting human rights violations of LGBTI people in their mutual countries and their engagement in the Joint Statement. Several LGBTI activists presented the legal and socio-cultural situation in their countries and gave voice to their concerns and lobbying efforts to have the Joint Statement sign by their governments.
This panel was held 10 days before the South African resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity was passed at the Human Rights Council. All the presentations remain pertinent after the historic resolution, the first ever passed at the UN on sexual orientation and gender identity.
 

Read (in 4 languages) and listen to the speeches given by our seven outstanding panelists :

Hugo Brauwers, Deputy Permanent Representative, Mission of Belgium in Geneva – Listen to the presentation

Alvaro Melendez on behalf of the Ambassador of Colombia Read and Listen to the presentation

Kenita Placide, Executive Director, United and Strong, St. Lucia – Listen to the presentation

Naome Ruzindana, Executive Director, Horizon Community Association, Ruanda – Read and Listen to the presentation

Phelisa Nkomo, representative of Black Sash, South Africa – Listen to the presentation

Justus Eisfeld, co-Director, Global Action for Trans Equality, Gate – Read and Listen to the presentation 

Yves de Matteis, Member of the Parliament of the City of Geneva, Switzerland – Read and Listen to the presentation
 

Moderator

Renato Sabbadini, ILGA co-Secretary General – Listen to the introduction

Panel Co-sponsored by Arc International, United and Strong, COC Netherlands, City of Geneva, Mission of the Kingdom of Belgium in Geneva

Contact person: Patricia Curzi, ILGA patriciacurzi@ilga.org
 

Thanks to the kind support of
Commission Communautaire Française – Belgique
Ville de Genève
ILGA Europe
Royaume de Belgique, Affaires Affaires étrangères, Commerce extérieur et Coopération au Développement

 

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The Growing Consensus: Towards the End of Criminalization and Human Rights Violations based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

ILGA organizes a panel at the 17th session of the Human Rights Council on Tuesday 7 June 2011 from 14h00 till 16h00 in Room XXV at Palais des Nations, Geneva.

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3rd June 2011 16:03

Alessia Valenza

ILGA and its members and allies will hold the panel “The Growing Consensus: Towards the End of Criminalization and Human Rights Violations based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”.

On 22 March 2011 a Joint Statement at the UN Human Rights Council was read on behalf of 85 member countries, calling for an end to violence, criminal sanctions and human rights violations against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

This panel event will discuss and analyse the growing consensus of governments towards equality of LGBTI people over time while a few others are trying to introduce more severe laws against same sex consensual acts. LGBTI activists from those countries who did not sign the statement will give voice to their concerns and lobbying efforts.

Panelists
Hugo Brauwers, Deputy Permanent Representative, Mission of Belgium in Geneva
Her Excellency Ms. Alicia Victoria Arango Olmos, Ambassador to the Colombian Mission in Geneva
Phelisa Nkomo, representative of Black Sash, South Africa
Kenita Placide, Executive Director, United and Strong, St. Lucia
Naome Ruzindana, Executive Director, Horizon Community Association, Rwanda
Justus Eisfeld, co-Director, Global Action for Trans Equality, Gate
Yves de Matteis, Member of the Parliament of the City of Geneva, Switzerland

Moderator
Renato Sabbadini, ILGA co-Secretary General

Panel Co-sponsored by Arc International, United and Strong, COC Netherlands, City of Geneva, Mission of the Kingdom of Belgium in Geneva
Contact person: Patricia Curzi, ILGA patriciacurzi@ilga.org

Thanks to the kind support of
Commission Communautaire Française – Belgique

Ville de Genève

ILGA Europe

Royaume de Belgique, Affaires Affaires étrangères, Commerce extérieur et Coopération au Développement

 

See flyer on ILGA’s panel in pdf version below