UN Joint Statement on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Rights Abuses

Posted on December 15th, 2008 by Katherine Franke

As the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a statement will be read before the U.N. General Assembly this week, endorsed by more than 50 countries across the globe, calling for an end to rights abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Nations on four continents are coordinating the statement, including: Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, France, Gabon, Japan, the Netherlands, and Norway. The reading of the statement will be the first time the General Assembly has formally addressed rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  A statement like this is an extremely important step in the direction of including in the UN Declaration of Human Rights protections against discrimination, hate crimes, torture, harassment and other forms of prejudice against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people.

Guess which country has not signed on to the statement?  Yes, the United States.

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has more information on the statement here.


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