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Community Call with Deputy Assistant Secretary Dan Baer

Deputy Assistant Secretary Dan Baer, United States State DepartmentJoin the Council for Global Equality on January 26 at 12 PM (EST) for a community briefing call with Deputy Assistant Secretary Dan Baer, who will discuss the impact of Secretary Clinton’s historic speech last month at the UN in Geneva on human rights for LGBT communities everywhere.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Baer will discuss the ways in which the State Department is working with U.S. embassies and consulates to highlight the speech and implement a new Presidential Memorandum, issued by the White House on the same day, that directs all U.S. “agencies engaged abroad to ensure that diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of LGBT persons.”

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US State Department Briefing on LGBT Resolution at UN Human Rights Council

The following post is the transcript of a phone briefing held by the US State Department after the historic vote by the UN Human Rights Council on LGBT Human rights.

Press Releases: Briefing on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resolution at UN Human Rights Council
Fri, 17 Jun 2011 15:11:19 -0500

Special Briefing
Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs
Suzanne Nossel
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs
Daniel Baer
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Via Teleconference, Washington, DC

OPERATOR: Welcome, everyone, and thank you for standing by. At this time, I’d like to inform all participants that your lines are in a listen-only mode until the question-and-answer session of today’s conference call. If you would like to ask questions, please press *1 on your touchtone phone. To withdraw your request, you may press *2. Today’s call is being recorded, and I will now turn it over to our first speaker, Mr. Mark Toner. Thank you. You may begin.

MR. TONER: Good morning, and thanks to everyone for joining us on such relatively short notice. As you know, this morning, at least our time, but earlier today, the UN Human Rights Council adopted the first ever UN resolution on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. And here to talk to us today about this historic resolution, we have our Ambassador to the Human Rights Council Eileen Donahoe as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Suzanne Nossel, and our Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Dan Baer.

Without further ado, I’ll hand it off to Ambassador Donahoe just to make some brief remarks, and I believe that Suzanne and Dan will also chime in before we take your questions. So over to you, Ambassador. Continue reading ‘US State Department Briefing on LGBT Resolution at UN Human Rights Council’

UN Adopts Groundbreaking Resolution Affirming that LGBT Rights are Human Rights

UNHRC logoJune 17, 2011—For the First time, the UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva has adopted a resolution expressing concern at acts of violence and discrimination committed against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  The text calls on the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a global study outlining discriminatory laws, practices and acts of violence directed at LGBT individuals, with recommendations on how to put an end to such fundamental human rights abuses.  The study will be reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council next year.  The resolution was tabled by South Africa and it enjoyed strong support from the United States and a broad coalition of voting states from all regions of the world.  It was adopted in Geneva today by a vote of 23 countries in support, 19 against and 3 abstentions.

The United States was represented at the adoption by U.S. Ambassador Eileen Donahoe and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Baer.  Baer noted the importance the United States placed on this vote, emphasizing that “this resolution confirms to millions of people around the world that every person – every human being on this planet – matters.  As Secretary Clinton said, ‘Gay rights are human rights.’ So are the rights of religious minorities, the disabled and so many others who have been historically ignored or persecuted, not for what they do but for what they are. This is an important step in the quest for dignity for all. And I am proud that the U.S. is a part of it.”

This is the first official UN resolution to focus exclusively on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, and it is the first time that gender identity has ever been included in such a formal UN text.  A vocal coalition of civil society advocates, coordinated by ARC International, also gathered in Geneva to push the UN to adopt the text.  Those advocates, together with non-governmental leaders in South Africa, worked with the South African government to refine the text and then lobbied hard for its adoption.  See the full text of the statement from the NGO coalition that supported the resolution here.

The United States was an official co-sponsor of the resolution and worked with South Africa and other co-sponsors from Europe, Latin America and Asia to secure its passage.  Under President Obama and with the leadership of Secretary of State Clinton, the United States has become a strong voice for LGBT rights at the United Nations.

View the vote count here.

U.S. Co-Sponsors High-Level Panel on LGBT Rights at United Nations in Geneva

Deputy Assistant Secretary Baer and High Commissioner Pillay engage in High Level Panel on LGBT Rights

Repost from the United State Mission to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva (http://geneva.usmission.gov/)

Discussion focuses on Ending Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons

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The United States is pleased to have been a co-sponsor of the September 17, 2010 panel discussion “Ending Violence and Criminal Sanctions on the Basis of Sexual Orientation” at the United Nations Office in Geneva during the 15th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The panel brought U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay, and human rights defenders from three regions: Alice Nkom, a lawyer and activist from Cameroon, David Clarke, from the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Guyana and Sunita Kujur, from Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action, India.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent a written message appealing for an end to the criminalization of people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Read the full story here


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