Monday, March 05, 2012

Gay Star News:
Panelists Named for UN's March 7 Debate

Over at the global news site Gay Star News, reporter Anna Leach writes about the Gays Without Borders promotion of an upcoming United Nations debate this week and related matters. Click here to read the sign-on letter from LGBTI activists around the world. Leach reveals the names of who is on the panel, and one American, legal scholar Lawrence Helfer, is among those presenting testimony:

The first openly gay man to be elected in Japan, a Nigerian exile and human rights defender in London, a Chilean gay rights activist, an Australian local politician, an organiser of Athens Pride and Poland’s first gay elected official have all added their names to a letter congratulating the UN for holding a panel this Wednesday, 7 March, to discuss discrimination and violence against LGBT people.

The panel will be the first time the UN Human Rights Council has focused on human rights, gender identity and sexual orientation.

The letter, started by the San Francisco chapter of Gays Without Borders, an informal global network of grassroots LGBT rights activists, urges those supporting LGBT human rights to organise 'viewing parties' for the panel, which can be watched live on Wednesday, midday to 3pm central European time, here.

The panellists leading the discussion include Irina Karla Bacci, vice-president National Council for LGBT Persons in Brazil; Laurence Helfer, co-director, Center for International and Comparative Law at Duke University in the US; Hina Jilani, chair, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and Hans Ytterberg, chair of the Council of Europe Expert Committee on Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity . . .

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