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Free & Equal, the new campaign of the OHCHR

Free & Equal, the new campaign of the OHCHR

ILGA welcomes Free & Equal, the new global campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

As 76 countries still criminalise same sex sexual activities between consenting adults, while around the world too many people still face violence and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, the importance of a campaign launched by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights cannot be overstated: it shows not only how serious the commitment of High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay and her staff on equality is, but it also powerfully undermines any attempt to defend the indefensible, i.e. the idea that, “somehow”, one can make an exception as to the universality of human rights when it comes to LGBTI people.

We invite all our members to spread this campaign globally in all their networks.” said Gloria Careaga and Renato Sabbadini, Co-Secretaries General, ILGA The campaign follows an OHCHR report published in December 2011, which was the first ever official UN report on violence and discrimination against LGBT persons. The report documented widespread human rights abuses. Today, more than 76 countries still criminalise consensual, same-sex relationships, while in many more discrimination against LGBT people is widespread – including in the workplace as well as in the education and health sectors. Hate-motivated violence against LGBT people, including physical assault, sexual violence, and targeted killings, has been recorded in all regions of the world.

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Intergroup welcomes new Commission report on trans and intersex discrimination

Intergroup welcomes new Commission report on trans and intersex discrimination

Trans-and-intersex-people-Discrimination-on-the-grounds-of-sex-gender-identity-and-gender-expression-179x254The European Commission has just published a new report, ‘Discrimination against trans and intersex people on the grounds of sex, gender identity and gender expression‘. With it, the European Commission looks into the situation of trans and intersex people for the first time.

The European Commission had already studied discrimination based on sexual orientation, but this is the first time gender identity and gender expression are examined in depth.

The report was commissioned through the European Network of Legal Experts in the non-discrimination field. It was authored by two experts from ILGA-Europe and the University of Leiden.

The European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights welcomes this thorough analysis of the current EU legal order in relation to trans and intersex people.

The report was delivered as part of the Strategy for equality between women and men 2010-2015. The European Parliament had previously asked that gender identity be included in the Strategy.

Michael Cashman MEP, Co-President of the LGBT Intergroup, commented: “I warmly welcome this new report. It’s as thorough an analysis one could hope for, and a very powerful contribution both legally and politically. Trans and intersex persons’ fundamental rights are the same as everyone else’s, and they deserve to be free from discrimination.”

Ulrike Lunacek MEP, the other Co-President of the LGBT Intergroup, continued: “This new report is what the European Commission said it needed to further look into the fundamental rights of trans and intersex people. This is an area in which the EU should be a world leader, and I look forward to the proposals the European Commission will make on the basis of this study.

The Intergroup will consider the appropriate follow-up through its parliamentary work.

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