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"Our lives are not negotiable!" Joel Mark Barredo, a human rights activist from Thailand, delivered a statement to the 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development on behalf of the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Caucus.
Heads of state and top government officials from all over the world meeting Friday at the United Nations have a responsibility to acknowledge that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is a barrier to development, said the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) today.
The conference, comprising 5 plenaries and 35 workshops, produced a statement which will be distributed amongst civil society in the region and beyond, and forwarded to leaders attending the ASEAN Summit in May in Nay Pyi Taw. The statement called on all governments to recognise the diversity of ASEAN people and develop mechanisms for protection of all human rights irrespective of religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identities and expressions, including intersex persons, ethnicity, race, occupation, political ideology and citizenship.
Globally, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people and others with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities face brutal physical and psychological violence. We are subjected to harassment, assault and discrimination in the global North and South alike. These violations are often perpetrated in the name of “religion” and “the state”, with the intention of political gain, or to distract from state responsibility to deal with corruption, misuse of resources and poverty.