On May 17 we will celebrate the 7th International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. On this occasion we want to reaffirm the importance of the fight against the violations of human rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity and France’s commitment to this fight.
France deplores the fact that in far too many countries, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people continue to be subjected to harassment, acts of torture, arbitrary arrests, and even murder, perpetrated with impunity. In nearly half of the world’s countries homosexuality is subject to criminal penalties, sometimes the death penalty.
This situation is unacceptable. All persons should be able to enjoy the same protection of these rights, without discrimination, in accordance with human rights as recognized in the international texts.
It is incumbent upon us all – States and international organizations – to support efforts to promote human rights and the fight for the acceptance of human diversity and the universality of human rights. France also wants to pay tribute to the resolute efforts of human rights activists and NGOs, whose mobilization is critical to this fight in which we’re all engaged.
Human Rights Ambassador François Zimeray therefore hosted a meeting this morning with the participation of Maghreb LGBT rights defenders and French associations. This meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the reality and perspectives of the struggles for human rights in the context of the Arab Spring and to affirm France’s support for al-Damj, the Tunisian association for justice and equality and the first official association working, among other things, to promote and defend the rights of LGBT persons as well as all the associations that are working to promote and protect these rights.
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