France reaffirms, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, its determination to fight against human rights violations and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and condemns the resulting executions, arbitrary detentions, and deprivation of rights. Let’s not forget that today more than 60 countries forbid sexual relations between persons of the same sex or systematically suppress them, including through criminal penalties, with penalties sometimes as extreme as the death penalty.
In accordance with its commitment, France organized a World Congress for Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity on May 15 for the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. On this occasion, France announced the creation of a support fund which would receive financial contributions to encourage, promote awareness of and support civil society projects and actions, where funding is most needed. These projects and actions are helping to affirm the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the victims of discrimination.....ORIGINAL ARTICLE