AJWS and Human Rights Organizations Meet with White House to Make the Case for a Special U.S. Envoy for LGBT Rights

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and a coalition of advocacy and human rights organizations met with White House officials to ask Pres. Obama to appoint a Special Envoy for the human rights of LGBT peoples within the U.S. Department of State.

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Council Co-sponsors Reception for Young African Leaders

On Monday, a reception was held at Human Rights Campaign for the young African leaders who are in Washington, DC for the White House's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The reception honored the YALI participants and gave them the opportunity to meet U.S. based activists working on international LGBT issues.

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2013 Human Rights Reports

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices continue to point to a range of serious human rights abuses directed at LGBT populations. You can view and download the section, by region, of the report that catalogues "Societal Abuses Discrimination, and Acts of Violence Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity"

here.

Joint CSO Letter to World Bank on Discrimination in Uganda’s Health Sector

Dr. Jim Yong Kim
President
The World Bank
Washington DC

Dear Dr. Kim:

We write to follow up on our letters of April 1 and May 6, 2014, regarding concerns about discrimination in Uganda’s health sector and the World Bank’s delay of its US$90 million loan.

We, once again, welcome your commitment to ensure that there is no discrimination in World Bank financed projects in Uganda and public recognition that discrimination is not only wrong, but undermines economic growth.

Six months after your decision to delay the health sector loan, we remain concerned that there are still not sufficient safeguards in place to prevent discrimination in health service provision for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) patients, or for women, among other groups in Uganda. In this letter, we share recommendations for the World Bank’s next steps in Uganda and request a meeting with your office as you chart a strategic way forward to ensure that World Bank funding does not entrench discrimination via its loans and other financial instruments. On August 26 during a meeting with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), Uganda’s former minister of health and new prime minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, made comments that reinforce this concern: he agreed that there is discrimination in the health sector, and that the government is not equipped to monitor the health sector for discrimination or to respond to discrimination when it occurs.

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Uganda's Constitutional Court Strikes Down Anti-Homosexuality Law

royalmile-ugandaAugust 1, 2014 -- The Council for Global Equality welcomes the decision today by Uganda's Constitutional Court to strike down that country's odious "Anti-Homosexuality" Law. The Court determined that the passage of the law was not in keeping with correct democratic procedures and struck it down on technical grounds involving the lack of a quorum to pass the bill. The civil society leaders who led the challenge to the law, and stood firmly in support of human rights for all Ugandans, won a remarkable victory for human rights and democracy today. We applaud them, along with those in the international community who have steadfastly opposed this anti-democratic and discriminatory law.
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The Council for Global Equality Welcomes the White House Efforts to Protect Human Rights in Uganda

the white house washingtonThe Council for Global Equality welcomes today’s White House announcement of new, concrete steps in our country’s bilateral relationship with Uganda in response to President Museveni’s decision to sign into law the Anti-Homosexuality Act earlier this year.  These steps reaffirm the importance the U.S. attaches to a foreign policy that prioritizes respect for the human rights of all people, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender – an important legacy of this Administration.

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US Department of State LGBT Human Rights Fact Sheet

The United States Department of State recently released a fact sheet on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) human rights issues. The statement notes that "The U.S. Department of State has significantly expanded efforts to promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons over the past year." The State Department has focused on five areas of engagement under the Presidential Memorandum on International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of LGBT Persons.

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