Thanks to my brother Victor( I only really have one but still…) for the link and heads-up.
A new report by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights on discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity doesn’t exactly paint a rosy picture of Europe.
Many people in Europe are stigmatised because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity and cannot fully enjoy their universal human rights. Some of them are victims of hate crimes and may not receive protection when attacked in the street by fellow citizens, while some of their organisations are denied registration or are banned from organising peaceful meetings and demonstrations. Some people have fled to Council of Europe member states from countries where they risk being tortured or executed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Too few opinion leaders and political leaders have taken a firm stand against homophobic and transphobic expressions, discrimination and violence.
Read the full report (PDF file) here.
Interview with Colin Robinson of Trinidad & Tobago’s Coalition Advocating for the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation. This interviewed on ieTV Channel 1, Trinidad on May 18, 2011.
Via Mail & Guardian
“The resolution calls for an “open-ended intergovernmental working group to elaborate [on] new concepts such as sexual orientation”, and “decides that the aforementioned working group shall be the single modality and framework of the United Nations Human Rights Council within which all the deliberations on sexual orientation … shall be undertaken”.
The proposal has riled South African and international human rights and gay rights activists. Said Zackie Achmat, co-founder of the Social Justice Coalition: “As it stands the resolution would be unconstitutional.”
Read the article here.
In the Caribbean St. Lucia shamelessly voted no to reinserting ‘sexual orientation’ into a resolution condemning extrajudicial killings. Trinidad & Tobago ( shockingly) abstained again while Jamaica, unsuprisingly, also abstained.