Canadian Civil Society Organizations Welcome New Commitment from Government of Canada to Support LGBTI Rights Globally following the Equal Rights Coalition Global Conference in Vancouver

Following a number of advances, promising conversations, and advocacy by the Dignity Network, the Government of Canada has committed, both financially and through concrete actions, to strengthen human rights protections for #LGBTI people around the world. “Canada’s announcement is a welcome step forward but more is needed and Canada is certainly capable of more. We continue to press Canada to both assert and demonstrate leadership with respect to LGBTI rights around the world, through concrete and bold action,”said Kim Vance, EDof ARC International, a Dignity Network Steering Committee member.

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Civil Society calls on Government of Canada for Greater Action on LGBTI Rights Globally

As Canada prepares to host the international Equal Rights Coalition Global Conference from August 5-7 in Vancouver, the Dignity Network calls on the government of Canada to transform its verbal commitments into concrete actions to strengthen human rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world.
The Dignity Network brings together more than 20 Canadian civil society organizations to advocate for the rights of LGBTI people in Canada and around the world.

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Negation, Acknowledgement … The Third Report of the #IESOGI

The release of the third report of the Independent Expert on SOGI provides us another opportunity to assess the workings of the mandate. Perhaps the most important thing has been keeping the global spotlight on human rights violations on grounds of SOGI. The latest report highlights the pervasiveness of violence on grounds of SOGI from all corners of the globe. The extent of violence suffered by LGBT persons is a stark reminder of the significant role that the mandate of the Independent Expert on SOGI can continue to play. By Arvind Narrain and Kim Vance.

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The Indian Supreme Court judgment on transgender rights

During the “Transform – 2nd International Conference on Transgender Rights and the Law” organized by the Centre for Law & Policy Research, Bangalore, Arvind Narrain presented a paper which analysed the Supreme Court judgment on transgender rights, NALSA v. UOI from an intersectional lens, looking at the connections between caste and gender identity and expression in particular.
We thank CLPR for the video. Watch it here.

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A call to build on #YPplus10 to advance a global understanding of violations affecting persons on grounds of #SOGIESC

Kim Vance has delivered a statement during #HRC38. “We call upon all States which continue to criminalize gender identity and expression and sexual orientation to remove these colonial era laws throughout the Commonwealth, La Francophonie and elsewhere. They have no place in independent sovereign nations and, as you point out in your report, constitute a violation of international law.”

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