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ILO Director-General calls for an end to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, saying it is “a factor leading to violence and harassment in the world of work."

The ILO joins the international community to mark this International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Standing together under the banner of Alliances for Solidarity , we highlight the importance of human rights for all, irrespective of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people doesn’t just hurt them; it hurts families, companies and entire countries. The ILO’s Constitution affirms that all human beings “have the right to pursue both their material well-being and their spiritual development in conditions of freedom and dignity, of economic security and equal opportunity”. Each of us has a part to play in ensuring that this aspiration becomes a reality for all workers, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics.

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UNFPA - Statement for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia 2018

Statement for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia 2018 (17 May 2018)

On this International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, stands with all members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities worldwide.

Every person, without any distinction on any grounds, has an equal right to live free from violence, persecution, discrimination and stigma of any kind. Human rights are universal. Cultural, religious and moral practices and beliefs, and social attitudes must not be invoked to justify human rights violations against any group, including LGBTI persons.

While welcoming increasing efforts in many countries to protect the rights of LGBTI people, UNFPA remains seriously concerned that around the world, millions of LGBTI individuals, those perceived as LGBTI, and their families face widespread human rights abuse and violence. This is cause for alarm – and action.

As an employer, UNFPA commits to fostering a workplace where LGBTI employees can be themselves and work productively, with the full support and respect of all their colleagues.

UNFPA stands ready to support United Nations Member States and other stakeholders as they work to tackle head-on the many challenges facing LGBTI citizens. As a global community, we must respect, protect, promote and fulfil the human rights of every LGBTI person.

 

Executive Director

UNFPA

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UN agrees to appoint human rights expert on protection of LGBT

1 July 2016 – The top human rights body at the United Nations has voted to appoint an independent expert on protection from violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people.

The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council debated the issue for nearly four hours on Thursday before adopting a resolution to create the new post. Twenty-three Council members voted for the new position, 18 members against, and six abstained.

Speaking today to reporters in New York, the UN spokesperson said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the move.

“I can tell you that the Secretary-General believes that the Human Rights Council marked another important step forward when it decided to appoint a UN Independent Expert to monitor and report on levels of violence and discrimination against LGBT people globally,” said Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.

“It is clear that there’s still so much that needs to be done to protect people from violence, tackle discrimination at work, end bullying in schools and ensure access to healthcare, housing and essential services,” he added.

For the first time, work on this issue will be effectively institutionalized at the Human Rights Council and there will regular reporting on these issues through the Council and the General Assembly.

The expert, to be appointed in September for an initial 3-year term, will carry out country visits, take up individual allegations with Governments and work to support and protect human rights defenders.

The position will look at issues related to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, but not intersex.

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