Day celebrate diversity and raise awareness of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transgender people (LGBTIQ+).
In her declareThe United Nations Human Rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet, reminded that despite the many recent positive changes around the world as a result of the hard work of LGBTIQ+ human rights defenders, “the state of violation of prevalence continues: murder, torture, sexual violence, criminalization and arbitrary detention”.
According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), more than one third of all countries still criminalize same-sex relationships. And LGBTQI people are denied legal protections, essential health care, civil and human rights, including the right to bodily autonomy when forced to obtain unnecessary medical or surgical treatment. set.
Our agency. Our life. Our Rights
This year’s theme Our agency. Our life. Our rights. aims to remind us that Everyone has the right to reach their full potential through the exercise of bodily autonomy, for that is the right upon which other human rights are built.
Ms. Bachelet emphasized that “LGBTIQ+ people have the right to equal respect for their dignity and to be equally respected, to be protected and to exercise their basic human rights, just like everyone else.”
Ms. Bachelet called on countries to take action against persistent discrimination against LGBTIQ+ human rights defenders, ongoing harassment of LGBTIQ+ human rights defenders, discriminatory restrictions on freedom of expression and association and peaceful assembly. with the urgency to do more to protect their interests.
‘To be treated like a criminal’
UN Women added their voices to the call, in solidarity with “all people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expression and gender characteristics”.
Armed conflict and the continuing effects of COVID-19 pandemics and climate change, have exacerbated injustices.
“Over the past year, an increasing number of laws and policies have criminalized and stigmatized gender diversity. For LGBTIQ+ people who are low-income, young, disabled, black, Aboriginal, or colored, such threats to bodily autonomy may accompany other forms of discrimination. other treatment and disadvantage”, said UN Women in a declare.
According to recent data, An estimated two billion people live in environments where LGBTIQ+ people are viewed as criminals.
Only a third of countries protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; only 1 in 10 protects transgender people from discrimination based on gender identity and less than 1 in 10 protects transgender people from discrimination.
© UNHCR / Susan Hopper
Forced to flee
Also marking this day, the head of the UN refugee agency Filippo Grandi emphasize danger to LGBTIQ+, with too many countries still deeming same-sex relationships illegal.
Mr. Grandi warned that in some countries same-sex couples could even face the death penalty, noting that others “refuse or are unable to protect those who suffer or are at risk of being punished.” violence” from gangs, their communities and even their families.
“Faced with this reality, many LGBTIQ+ people have no choice but to run away,” said the head of the UN agency.
“However, even as they try to find safety, they often continue to face risks, including violence or sexual abuse. Discrimination is often something LGBTIQ+ refugees cannot leave behind – in many cases, it follows them across borders as they continue to face barriers to finding a safe place to live, a job or even seeing a doctor,” Grandi continued.
UNCHR has doubled down on its commitment to protecting the autonomy, self-determination and rights of all LGBTIQ+ people who are forcibly displaced and stateless.
Honored by everyone in society
Addressing those issues not only requires changes in laws and policies – it also requires greater acceptance, support, and celebration of LGBTIQ+ people by everyone in society, including within families. family.
Mr. Grandi added that everyone has a responsibility to fight homophobia, transphobia, and twinning and “recognize a world where all LGBTIQ+ people don’t have to run away and have can live – at home – in safety, dignity and pride”.
With that in mind, UN Human Rights Office launched UN Freedom & Equality Thematic campaign honoring diverse families accept and support their members to thrive, no matter who they are or who they love.
The campaign calls on each of us to stand up for the human rights of LGBTIQ+ people and for inclusive families, in support, in all their diversity.