“Full and equal members of the human family”

Human Rights Report 2008 published

The High Commissioner for Human Rights said  in context to LGBTI Rights:

“Those who are lesbian, gay or bisexual, those who are transgender, transsexual or intersex, are full and equal members of the human family and are entitled to be treated as such,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay told high-level panel discussion on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, held at UN
Headquarters in New York on 18 December 2008. “No human being should be denied their human rights simply because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. No human being should be subject to discrimination, violence, criminal sanctions, or abuse simply because of their perceived sexual orientation or
gender identity. It is not easy for decades of prejudice and intolerance to disappear by the stroke of the legislators’ pen, but change must be started. It is our task and our challenge to move
beyond a debate on whether all human beings have rights –
for such questions were long ago laid to rest by the Universal Declaration – and instead to secure the climate for implementation” the High Commissioner said.

Available at :                                                                                                    http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Press/OHCHR_Report_2008.pdf


About Rene Mertens

René Mertens (33) hat Politik / Spanisch und Erziehungswissenschaften an der Freien-Universität / Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin und an der Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) studiert. Sein Arbeitsschwerpunkt am CSDSO liegt im Bereich LGBTI, Vereinte Nationen und Menschenrechte. Neben diesen Arbeitsbereich beschäftigt er sich mit der Frage, wie die Yogyakarta-Prinzipien in die auswärtige Politik und Entwicklungszusammenarbeit integriert werden können um einen inklusive Politik zu ermöglichen. Kontakt: Rene.mertens@csdso.org
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