“Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” resolution

24 06 2009

The General Assembly of Organization of American States (OAS) convened at the beginning of June in Honduras.  The theme was “Toward a Culture of Non-Violence”.  Via Bird of Paradox, all 35 member states unanimously approved of the “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” resolution that Brazil put forth.  The six points of this resolution are:

1. To condemn acts of violence and related human rights violations committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

2. To urge states to ensure that acts of violence and human rights violations committed against individuals because of sexual orientation and gender identity are investigated and their perpetrators brought to justice.

3. To urge states to ensure adequate protection for human rights defenders who work on the issue of acts of violence and human rights violations committed against individuals because of sexual orientation and gender identity.

4. To request the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the other organs of the inter-American system to continue to pay sufficient attention to this issue.

5. To reiterate its request for the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs (CAJP) to include on its agenda, before the fortieth regular session of the General Assembly, the topic of “Human rights, sexual orientation, and gender identity.”

6. To request the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly at its fortieth regular session on the implementation of this resolution, the execution of which shall be subject to the availability of financial resources in the program-budget of the Organization and other resource.

These are all important and critical points.  Hopefully this resolution will be implemented and enforced by all the member countries and gradually we can shift from a culture of violence to a culture of peace.  The LGBTQ community throughout the world has been and continues to be marginalized and victimized by violence that often is invisible to the mainstream media.  It is high time that the LGBTQ community is recognized as deserving of human rights as well.


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