Press Release: Human Rights Council: The International Federation for Human Rights
Correspondent: SILVANA RODRIGUEZ, The Boston Globe
Boston Globe (BG): Which has been your position inside of the Human Right Council?
International Federation for Human Rights (IFHR): “In the Human Right Council we are discussing violence against the LGBT communities, a very heated debate, because some countries are against them having rights and its being interest to see that.
I am currently working with two blocks right now, one is called the LIONS block which is the one I am really integrated with because the International Federation for Human Rights works with legal courts and takes legal action against human rights abuses.
We have over a 186 actors through the world that work with regional governments to make sure that human rights are being respected and according to the Universal Human Rights declaration.
BG: What are the actions your blocks want to take?
IFHR: The block LIONS is looking to change some of the language on the Universal Declaration on Human Rights specifically on article 2, we want to add sexual orientation and also setting up a forum for people to seek legal action in a confidential way. We are also creating add media campaign, creating the gay day on June first to incentive gay pride and reinstating the “Love is Love” campaign that started after the Florida house night club shooting.
Additionally, to ask every country to do something the 1st of every June to implement something to equalize the right of the LGBT community; for example, in Vienna the street stop signs are women holding rights.
You know, actually the correct acronym for LGBT would have to be updated to LGBBTI where the I stands for Intersex, so we are trying to expand that to cover everyone.
While on the block Born This Way the International Federation for Human Rights has worked to increase the legal action and bone, but their paper is focused on the medical aspects where we support by funding but it still is a little out of our scope.
But I’m hoping they merge since that would be a wide range of topics being covered on one resolution.