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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Experts release much anticipated expansion of the Yogyakarta Principles

The Yogyakarta Principles plus 10 (YP+10) were adopted by a group of 33 international human rights experts. The new principles reflect significant developments both in the field of international human rights law and in the understanding of violations affecting persons of ‘diverse sexual orientations and gender identities’, as well as a recognition of the often-distinct violations affecting persons on grounds of ‘gender expression’ and ‘sex characteristics’.

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Defending the UN IE on SOGI

Today the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will hear a report from Thai Human Rights Law Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn, the United Nations Independent Expert on the protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (IE SOGI) for the first time.To mark this historic event, four human rights organizations released a joint report today detailing the establishment and confirmation of the mandate at the United Nations (UN) over the 2016 UNGA.

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