187 of organisations call on States to protect LGBTI persons’ human rights in the context of COVID-19 outbreak

ARC International joined a coalition of 187 organisations to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council to the situation of LGBTI persons and those who defend their rights in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
In line with the call to action signed by 96 human rights experts, organisations working for the protection of the human rights of persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) globally have urged States and stakeholders to ensure that this public health emergency will neither exacerbate existing misconceptions, prejudices, inequalities or structural barriers, nor lead to increased violence and discrimination against persons with diverse SOGIESC.

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Grupo de Interés LGBTI – No dejar a nadie atrás. Asegurar la inclusión de las personas LGTBI en los esfuerzos para responder al COVID-19

Los firmes compromisos que contiene la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible están siendo puestos a prueba por la pandemia de COVID-19. Muchas desigualdades y vulnerabilidades cuyo impacto global en las personas LGTBI viene de larga data están siendo magnificadas por esta crisis. Los gobiernos deben tomar acciones que apunten específicamente a incluir a las personas LGTBI en las respuestas políticas para asegurar que nadie quede atrás. Esta es una oportunidad para retomar la dirección correcta y abandonar la “normalidad” para beneficiar a las personas más marginalizadas y postergadas.

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Ensuring Inclusion of LGBTI People in COVID-19 Response Efforts

Many long-standing inequalities and vulnerabilities impacting LGBTI people globally are magnified by the COVID-19 crisis. Governments must take action that specifically aims to include LGBTI people in policy responses to ensure no one is left behind. This is an opportunity to get back on track and radically shift “business as usual” to benefit the most marginalized and furthest left behind. 
Only if States and other stakeholders address the unique challenges of stigma, discrimination, violence and criminalization faced by LGBTI populations, inside and outside of the pandemic, will the 2030 development agenda be a reacheable goal.
We invite you to read this statement by the LGBTI Stakeholder Group on COVID-19. (También en español)

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LBTI Caucus Statement in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

The current public health crisis caused by the spread of the Coronavirus, Covid-19, is a global emergency with far-reaching social, economic, and ecological implications for us all. The way that this crisis is handled will have pervasive and long-lasting impacts on our communities and the planet.
Collective action taken by individuals, such as social distancing and good hygiene, are effective and necessary tactics that recognize the need for a community response and an approach based on global solidarity. However, immediate and large-scale measures, often punitively backed by states to control the Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with high stress on public services, will have disproportionate implications on those who face multiple and intersecting forms of marginalization, including lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LBTI), and gender non-conforming (GNC) women and people.
Read the statement from LBTI caucus.

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