On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of State released the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which once again included extensive information about the human rights of LGBT people worldwide. A compilation of the information from the report regarding sexual orientation and gender identity can be found here, which includes information about new anti-LGBT legislation as well as the ongoing persecution and violence facing LGBT people around the world.
“While there has been progress for LGBT people in some countries, in too many other countries around the world LGBT people still face tremendous discrimination, persecution and violence,” said David Stacy, HRC Government Affairs Director. “This report is yet another reminder of how much still needs to be done in the global struggle for LGBT equality.”
In his remarks on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry focused on the need to respect and prioritize human rights worldwide.
“Respecting human rights isn’t just a moral obligation; it’s an opportunity to harness the full energy of a country’s population in building a cohesive and prosperous society. And it doesn’t jeopardize stability; it enhances it,” he said. “In country after country where human rights are respected, people are happier, people are freer to pursue their own designs, happier and freer to be artistic and creative, to be entrepreneurial, to make a difference in the building of the community.”
As in previous years, each country report includes a section on LGBT rights. Some examples include:
The findings of this report, which includes more information on LGBT rights than even just a few years ago, once again underscore the need for continued focus on the plight of LGBT people around the globe and serve as useful tool for combating violence and discrimination against people everywhere in the world, regardless of who they are or whom they love.
Through HRC Global, HRC will continue to advocate for LGBT equality around the world through public education, advocacy, fellowships, partnerships, and research.
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