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LGBTI community celebrates OAS resolution

Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018. 9:20 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexuals,Travestis and Intersex (LGBTTTI) community is celebrating the recent resolution passed at the Organization of American States (OAS), which safeguards the rights of LGBTI persons in the region.

The United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) and The Coalition of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, Transsexuals,Travestis and Intersex (LGBTTTI) people of Latin America and the Caribbean, working within the framework of the OAS, issued a statement emphasizing the importance of the Omnibus Resolution on Human Rights during its 48th Regular Session of the General Assembly, which took place in Washington DC, earlier this month.

Section XII of the resolution focused on the “human rights and prevention of discrimination and violence against LGBTI persons,” which the organizations have been developing at the OAS level since 2007. The resolution also says that the OAS condemns acts of discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and urges Member States to prevent, investigate, and punish acts of violence and discrimination against LGBTI persons, and to ensure access to justice.

“We congratulate Belize, for being the first CARICOM country to co-sponsor this Resolution this year and Costa Rica for also doing so. We encourage these two Member States and other allies to continue supporting the OAS LGBTI Core Group,” UNIBAM and the Coalition said.

UNIBAM acknowledged that one resolution will not change the lives of LGBTI community members in Belize or the Caribbean community; however, it serves as a platform for dialogue and building systems which matter to the community.

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