April 16, 2013

IGLYO's Position Paper on Human Rights


The General Assembly of IGLYO that took place in Nikolaev, Ukraine, December 2012, has adopted a IGLYO Position Paper on Human Rights.

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”. Yet, it is the everyday reality, which shows us that not all human beings are able to fully enjoy their fundamental rights and freedoms and to be respected. Many people, and especially youth, are subjected to ill treatment, abuse, psychological and physical violence and discrimination due to their actual or perceived sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression.

This is why IGLYO has come across the idea of developing its position paper on human rights. The paper aims at highlighting already existing principal instruments in this field and how they are applied to LGBTQ young people, how LGBTQ youth rights issues can be mainstreamed in the general human rights context, and at providing recommendations for international structures, states, policy and decision makers, as well as civil society organisations to advance equality of LGBTQ youth and students. We will be honoured if our member organisations and friends find this position paper applicable to their work at local contexts where LGBTQ youth and students are still fighting for equality and social inclusion.

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