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/ Statement by the Canadian HIV/AIDS legal network at the 19th Human Rights Council
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Statement by the CanadianHIV/AIDS legal network at the19th Human Rights Council
in WORLD, 14/03/2012
Statement delivered by Moses Mulindwa, Spectrum Uganda, on behalf of the Canadian HIV/AIDS legal network at the General Debate on Tuesday 13 March 2012 at the 19th session of the Human Rights Council.
STATEMENT BY THE CANADIAN HIV/AIDS LEGAL NETWORK
General Debate Tuesday 13 March 2012
Delivered by Moses Mulindwa.
Thank you Madame President.This session at the Human Rights Council has seen a significant number of states articulating theircommitment to ending violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the world. TheReport of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights that arose out of the UN Human RightsCouncil resolution 17/19 (June 2011) highlighted the daily lived realities of LGBTI people, including violenceby state and non state actors.Even as states articulate their commitment to ending violence against LGBTI people, these same statescriminalise us by introducing new and enforcing existing legislation. It is this public act by our states thatformalizes and finalises the legitimization of the violence.We continue to see this happening in Uganda, Malawi, Nigeria, Liberia, Russia, Senegal, Kenya andCameroon amongst others. So, Madam President how then do we take seriously these states who areclaiming to end violence when they are at the same time retaining and introducing discriminatory laws.These states who claim to oppose violence against LGBTI people MUSTRecognize the structural violence against LGBTI people1.Recognize the links between the escalating violence against LGBTI people and state legitimization ofhomophobia2.Suspend all moves to introduce legislation that criminalises our sexuality and gender identity3.Establish and sustain dialogue with the LGBTI community in country and in multi lateral spaces4.Commit to deepen and stay in dialogue here at the human rights council for purposes of addressingLGBTI violations at national level5.It is these measures that will contribute in meaningful ways to ending the violence, a commitment that all ofyou have made as rights bearers and those who carry the responsibility to protect.Thank you.Do you have a personal story that is related to the issues discussed in this article?
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