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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