ERT Calls for LGBTI Equality on International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia
On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, the Equal Rights Trust (ERT) calls upon all countries to repeal laws that perpetuate LGBTI discrimination and for human rights organisations to put LGBTI equality among their strategic priorities. This year the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is focused on exposing and opposing the negative impact of religious fundamentalist discourses and giving visibility to voices who are working for inclusion, tolerance and peace.
ERT is currently carrying out a project which explores how the Declaration of Principles on Equality can be used to defend LGBTI rights in countries with strong Islamic or other religious and cultural opposition to LGBTI rights. Over the past six months ERT has used this research to advocate LGBTI equality. For example:
• On 9 December 2009, ERT submitted a legal brief to Ugandan President Yowere Museveni arguing that the provisions of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 breach both Uganda’s Constitution and its international treaty obligations.
• On 6 April 2010, ERT supported lawyers in Malawi who are representing two defendants currently standing trial for homosexuality-related offences, providing them with a legal brief on discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation.