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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Organisation of American States passes LGBT human rights resolution for fourth time

By Germán Humberto Rincón Perfetti, Latin American Representative of the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association, Alternate Regional Gay Representative ILGA-LAC

At the Forty-First General Assembly of the Organisation of American States (OAS) that was carried out in San Salvador on June seventh, all of the countries of the Americas and the Caribbean approved the resolution on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity" [published below], which condemns discrimination, asking the countries to adopt measures that prevent, sancion, and erradicate it for the fourth consecutive year.

They comdemned acts of violence and violations of human rights to intersex, transvestite, transexual, bisexual, lesbian, and gay people.

They invited the States to adopt a public policy against discrimination and to assure adequate protection to human rights defenders.

The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and the Inter-American Judicial Committee will prepare regional level studies, this being the greatest achievement in this fourth consecutive resolution.

This curious note was in the head of the Vatican State who lobbied against the resolution succeeding in getting Panama to leave a clarifying note on the heterosexual family and the subject of gender to only be understood as man and woman. Once again we are being publicly persecuted by our homosexual colleagues in the Roman Catholic Church heirachy while privately we are invited into their beds. How long will it be?

This work was accompanied by a colalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans organizations from more than 20 countries who have been working for more than five years being present and making an impact on the Inter-American System.
  • AIREANA - Camila Zabala – Paraguay,
  • ASOCIACIÓN LIDERES EN ACCION –Germán Humberto Rincón Perfetti - Colombia,
  • ASPIDH ARCO IRIS – Mónica Hernández – El Salvador,
  • COALITION ADVOCATING FOR INCLUSION OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION – Kareem Griffith – Trinidad and Tobago,
  • COLECTIVA MUJER y SALUD, Julie Betances - República Dominicana,
  • COLECTIVO OVEJAS NEGRAS – Valeria Rubino – Uruguay,
  • COLECTIVO UNIDAD COLOR ROSA – Roxana Almendarez – Honduras,
  • COLOMBIA DIVERSA – Marcela Sánchez – Colombia,
  • CORPORACIÓN PROMOCIÓN DE LA MUJER, Tania Correa - Ecuador,
  • DIVERLEX – Tamara Adrián – Venezuela,
  • DOMINICA CHAP – Daryl Phillip – Dominica,
  • FRONTE TRANS – Mario Sánchez Pérez –Mexico,
  • INSTITUTO RUNA – Belissa Andia – Perú,
  • INTERNATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION LAC – Marcelo Ferreyra – Argentina,
  • J-FLAG – Jaevion Nelson – Jamaica,
  • AIDS FREE WORLD - Maurice Tomlinson – Jamaica,
  • MULABI-ARGENTINA – Fernando D’Elio – Argentina,
  • MULABI-COSTA RICA – Natasha Jiménez – Costa Rica,
  • ORGANIZACIÓN DE TRANSEXUALES POR LA DIGNIDAD DE LA DIVERSIDAD – Andrés Rivera Duarte – Chile,
  • ORGANIZACIÓN TRANS REINAS DE LA NOCHE – Johana Ramírez – Guatemala,
  • RED AFRO LGBTI - Edmilson Medeiros - BRAZIL
  • RED LATINOAMERICANA Y DEL CARIBE DE PERSONAS TRANS - Marcela Romero- Argentina,
  • RED NICARAGUENSE DE ACTIVISTAS TRANS – Silvia Martínez – Nicaragua,
  • SOCIETY AGAINST SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION- Jermaine Grant - Guyana,
  • UNIBAM – Caleb Orozco – Belice,
  • UNITED GAYS & LESBIANS AGAINST AIDS BARBADOS - Emerson Emmanuel – Barbados.
  • As a Coalition Partner: Stefano Fabeni – Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
OAS Resolution Sexual Orientation and Gender Human Rights
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