IACHR focuses on gay rights

Published: March 18, 2012

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, part of the Organization of American States has created a special unit to protect the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and intersex citizens of the region.
The LGBTI community is one of the region´s most marginalized, and the special arm of the IACHR seeks to crack down on discrimination and rights abuses against this group.
In a statement on March 14, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS, said it has “established a strategic alliance” with the IACHR in recent years.
UNAIDS Regional Director for Latin America Dr. César Núñez said countries must fully respect the rights of this community by “enforcing laws to protect them from violence, promoting campaigns that address homophobia and transphobia and ensuring that crucial health needs are met.”
UNAIDS said the HIV epidemic in the region is concentrated among men who have sex with men and transgendered persons.
The IACHR held a meeting in late February under the auspices of UNAIDS with  independent experts from academia, human rights groups, civil society and security forces to discuss violence and impunity against this community, one of six meetings aimed forming the first-ever Hemispheric Report on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

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