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Homophobia and Transphobia

Published on May 23, 2013
Press briefing given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman (excerpts)

Paris, May 17, 2013

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International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (17 May 2013)

On this eighth International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we are keen to recall the importance of combating human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

There are still too many countries where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are the victims of hate crimes, violence and discrimination and where homosexuality is still punished as a crime, sometimes even with the death penalty.

It is up to everyone – states and international organizations – to support actions ensuring respect for the fundamental rights of LGBT people and for the universality of human rights.

France, in cooperation with the European Commission, therefore invited the representatives of 56 states on the European continent, as well as 200 members of civil society and of regional and international organizations, to Paris on 26 March. This conference on the rights of LGBT people in Europe was part of a global consultation process on these issues organized on several continents. The conclusions of the work were presented at a global conference in Oslo on 15 and 16 April 2013, in which France took part.

In this regard, France is also keen to pay tribute to the determined efforts of the human rights defenders who are fighting on a daily basis to ensure that the fundamental rights of LGBT people are respected. Four years ago, on this same day, we announced the creation of an international support fund, an innovative framework aimed at uniting the actions of the players involved in combating homophobia and transphobia. Since then, the fund has supported the implementation of cooperation projects, as well as the creation of tools for awareness campaigns on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity. (…)./.

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