66 countries sign statement to the General Council of the UN

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66 countries sign statement to the General Council of the UN

Postby Gino » Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:55 pm


International Day against Homophobia (IDAHO) campaigners around the world are celebrating the historic statement in support of LGBT Rights which was presented to the General Council of the United Nations yesterday. The statement was signed by 66 countries. Campaigners described this development has a historic first step, while noting that the US refused to sign the statement and the Vatican and Organisation of the Islamic Conference had campaigned vigorously against it.

Louis George Tin, the founder of IDAHO said in New York last night “IDAHO has worked hard for two years to promote this issue. For us this is a great achievement”. Derek Lennard, IDAHO UK Coordinator thanked those in the UK who had arranged IDAHO events and had supported the campaign. He added “This demonstrates that activism can work and that apathy and cynicism have no place in the continuing fight for worldwide rights of gay, lesbian and trans people”.

In the UK parliament an Early Day Motion*, tabled by Liberal Democrat MP Evan Harris to coincide with the UN statement has already been signed by MP’s from five political parties, and campaigners are being urged to ask their MPs to add their signatures.

EDM 360
International Day against Homophobia.
Harris, Evan.

*That this House notes the historical declaration against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, presented to the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 2008; further notes that this declaration was submitted by the French government in consultation with the International Day against Homophobia (IDAHO); and urges the British Government to continue to work with other governments and non-governmental organisations to ensure that there is enough support in the UN for a resolution to be passed to decriminalise homosexuality and to end gender identity discrimination around the world.
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