HRC to Lead Conversation on State of LGBT Rights at the United Nations

Image via www.ohchr.org
Image via www.ohchr.org

A delegation from the HRC civil-rights organization, this week will participate in the United Nation’s (UN) assessment of human rights in the United States. During the proceedings in Geneva, HRC representatives will take part in consultations related to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a standing UN process in which every country in the world regularly submits its human rights record for review by the UN Human Rights Council. This year will be the second such review of the United States. Because of this delegation, LGBT Americans—and recommendations for improving the lives of LGBT Americans—will be afforded a full and thorough hearing when the United States government appears before the Council in May.

Find out what the HRC plans to recommend for the US while in Switzerland….

While in Geneva, HRC will recommend that the U.S.:

  • Take all possible steps at the state and federal level, including enacting a comprehensive civil rights law, to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in credit, education, employment, housing, jury service, public accommodations, and taxpayer-funded programs;
  • Increase funding for research, prevention, and treatment to combat HIV/AIDS, which disproportionately affects gay and bisexual men, and transgender women;
  • Strengthen measures to prevent and combat violence, especially the alarming rate of murder experienced by the transgender community, and violence experienced by the broader LGBT community;
  • Fully implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender inmates who are subject to violence, harassment, and sexual assault in confinement facilities;
  • Take steps to ensure U.S. foreign aid funding is not used to support groups that are exporting hatred, bigotry, or intolerance.

 

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