LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Today is International Day for Tolerance

In 1996 the General Assembly of the United Nations invited member states to observe the International Day of Tolerance on 16 November.

ILGA-Europe welcomes all international initiatives promoting the issues of human rights and equality, tolerance and anti-discrimination.

Nevertheless ILGA-Europe points out that there is still not a single all encompassing international treaty which specifically condemns and outlaws discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. ILGA, ILGA-Europe and various ILGA members are still fighting hostility at the UN level – all applications from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organisations for a consultative status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) have been refused.

Patricia Prendiville, Executive Director of ILGA-Europe, said:

“Tolerance is a key factor for building the world where every human being is valued and respected regardless her/his differences or characteristics. While changing existing and introducing news laws which provide LGBT people with protection from discrimination and equal rights is essential and welcomed, a lot of effort and work needs to be invested and done to promote understanding, acceptance and respect of all our differences. Education and open dialogue are the instruments for enhancing tolerance and respect.”

For more information please contact
Juris Lavrikovs at + 32 2 609 54 16 / + 32 496 708 375

Notes for editors:

(1) ILGA-Europe is the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association and works for equality and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Europe.