Groundbreaking Declaration on ending violence and discrimination against LGBT

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Navi Pillay (third from left)

A groundbreaking ministerial meeting on violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons on Thursday adopted a Ministerial Declaration on ending Violence and Discrimination against Individuals Based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

Minsters of Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, El Salvador, France, Israel, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and the United States, along with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy declared their strong and determined commitment to eliminating violence and discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

In doing so, they reaffirmed their conviction that human rights are the birth right of every human being.

UN human rights Chief Navi Pillay described the Declaration as historic, noting that it has never happened at the UN before.

” Well some countries clearly have adopted laws to protect the human rights of everyone, to end discrimination and hate propaganda but others are going backwards I should say, coming up with regressive laws. Some prosecute people just for loving persons of the same sex. In some countries there's the death penalty for this and individuals who commit violence and harassment against gays and lesbians are not prosecuted so the situation I would say is really bad and it's high time we make this very, very strong call for the universal respect of the human rights of all persons. The Universal Declaration doesn't say human rights for all except for gay, lesbian, transgender people.”

The Declaration says those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) must enjoy the same human rights as everyone else.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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