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
Kenita Placide, Executive Director, United and Strong, St. Lucia – Listen to the presentation
Phelisa Nkomo, representative of Black Sash, South Africa – Listen to the presentation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to the kind support of
Commission Communautaire Française – Belgique
Ville de Genève
Royaume de Belgique, Affaires Affaires étrangères, Commerce extérieur et Coopération au Développement
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