International Human Rights Day

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smughumanrightsredInternational Human Rights Day in the U.S. and the Connection to the Rights of Sexual Minorities in Uganda

International Human Rights Day (IHRD) is approaching.  It is observed worldwide annually on December 10th commemorating the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  The declaration is available online.  Everyone is encouraged to read the 30 Articles covering rights of equality, dignity, peace, justice, education, and many others designed to protect the inherent humanity and dignity of all people everywhere.  It guarantees basic necessities of life such as housing and food.  All of the human rights guaranteed by the various articles in the UDHR are then themselves guaranteed by Article 28 which says “Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.”

Included in the ‘Everyone’ of the declaration is the gay community – the sexual minorities worldwide (i.e., lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/questioning [LGBTQ] people) .  The very first article of the UDHR declares “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”.  In that light we are forced to ask which part of executing gays in Uganda or jailing them in Nigeria is acting towards each other “in a spirit of brotherhood”?

We have just had the Transgender Day of Remembrance worldwide on November 20th.  This year the vigil remembered the 265 reported deaths of transgender/transsexual people worldwide.  That number rises every year and still only accounts for reports from less than half of the world.  Where was their guarantee of “dignity and rights”?  Continue reading here.

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