Latest News: Global Advocacy

Ahead of the Human Rights Council special session on Iraq on Monday, two organizations, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and MADRE, urged the United Nations’ top human rights body urging them not to ignore the plight of imperiled lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in its response to conditions in Iraq.
Despite recent gains, the recognition of basic human rights remains a distant goal for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals throughout much of Africa. Rights activists from the continent will lay out their perspective on the crisis.
President Barack Obama must back up his rhetoric on global LGBT rights by raising concerns directly with African trading partners about entrenched violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
“Throughout the committee’s dialogue with the Chilean government, it was clear that LGBTI issues are not a fringe concern,” said Marianne Møllmann, Director of Programs at IGLHRC. “Until our rights are fully protected, Chile’s human rights record will remain blemished.”