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The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights recently adopted a historic multilateral agreement, along with 25 nations, the EU, UNAIDS and the UNDP. Owing to its importance for Africa in particular, we are publishing the entire communique. This could well serve African and other LGBTI advocates well and be one more instrument to persuade their own nations in their advocacy efforts.
The African Commission on its own could well use this declaration to influence or persuade African nations to come around and decriminalize homosexuality. It could initiate discussions on human rights protections or advocate for development for all LGBTI. The next annual meeting of this multilateral human rights group will be in the Netherlands in early 2016. Unusually for us, we publish no photos to accompany the lengthy text.
What follows is the communique, as issued by this year’s host, the Department of State of the United Sates of America:
Joint Government and Multilateral Agency Communique From Conference to Advance the Human Rights of and Promote Inclusive Development for LGBTI Persons
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Washington, DC November 20, 2014
On the Occasion of the Annual Conference to Advance the Human Rights of and Promote Inclusive Development for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Persons held in Washington from November 12-14, 2014, the governments of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay, as well as the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, the European Union, UNAIDS – the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, and the United Nations Development Programme, adopt the following communique:
Collectively, as a group of governments and multilateral agencies committed to equality and inclusive development for all persons everywhere, we have gathered here in Washington, D.C. to share information, best practices and lessons learned as we work to promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons around the world, and empower them to secure productive livelihoods.
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