Thursday, 15 December 2016 00:37

The United Nations LGBT Expert Outlines The Five Important Steps To End Discrimination And Violence Against LGBTQ People

Written by  E-Li

vitit muntarbhorn

 

A few months ago I announced the appointment of an expert on LGBTQ issues in the United Nations in charge of investigating discrimination and violence sudden in our community.

In a speech at the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), Vitit Muntarbhorn, that's the name of this expert, outlined the five steps needed to end discrimination and violence against LGBTQ people: decriminalisation, depathologisation, recognition of gender identity, cultural inclusion and emphathisation.

"Resolute action is required to stop the violence and discrimination affecting not only LGBT communities but also the human rights defenders working with them…," he said.

"This goes hand in hand with the broader aspirations of human rights, freedoms, democracy, and peaceful and inclusive societies."

"Eradicating all criminal laws affecting LGBT people is essential for the community to no longer be seen as suffering from a disorder…

"Providing the right for all people to have their gender identity recognised in official documents is a milestone much needed to improve the global situation."

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