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ILGALAC welcomes the UN Independent Expert to Argentina

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex International Association for Latin America and the Caribbean (ILGALAC) welcomes the historic visit of the first UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Vitit Muntarbhorn, designated in September 2016 by the UN Human Rights Council.

Argentina currently hosts the ILGALAC Regional Office. Our Executive Director, Pedro Paradiso Sottile, will hold several meetings with Vitit Muntarbhorn and  Catherine de Preux De Baets during their visit to the Argentine Republic, which will take place between 1st and 10th May 2017, with the aim of collaborating with the official visit and the attainment of their objectives, particularly in relation to the carrying out of the scheduled meetings with civil society representatives and the LGBTI organizations (members and non-members of ILGA) in Argentina.

Since the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Councils (June 2016), ILGALAC, along with more than 850 organizations all over the world, has supported (and subsequently safeguarded) the establishment of the mandate of the Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI): a collective achievement, as well as a regional and international landmark in the history of the defense of our rights. This first official visit, thus, represents a momentous event that enables us to complement the Independent Expert’s first actions with our institutional efforts.

In this context, ILGALAC will continue to issue the REGIONAL ACTION ALERT: NO MORE FUNDAMENTALISM AND VIOLENCE, reaffirming its commitment to repudiate any action or speech that encourages violence or discrimination against the lives of LGBTI people and their families, and call upon the States to adopt urgent measures to ensure the protection and recognition of our rights and give concrete answers to all forms of violence, social exclusion and stigmatization against our community, that are a clear attack on the democratic principle of equality and non discrimination.

WELCOME! #VititMuntarbhorn #WeAreILGALAC #LGBTI

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