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Montevideo 2016

The Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference was held from 10-15 July 2016 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The conference built on LGBTI human rights and inclusive development conferences that preceded it in Washington (2014), Berlin (2013), and Stockholm (2011), and was the first global LGBTI conference to take place in Latin America.


On the first day of the Montevideo conference, the Equal Rights Coalition was formally launched, under the co-chairship of the Netherlands and Uruguay. By the final day, 30 founding Member States of the coalition were announced. The purpose in founding the ERC was for States to come together to guarantee equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics.

The 2016 conference was attended by 39 governments, 90 activists and civil society representatives, regional and international institutions (such as the United Nations, World Bank, and Organization of American States), and private foundations.

During the opening speeches, in a video message, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked the Netherlands and Uruguay for organising the conference, saying, “Ending rights abuses against LGBT and intersex people is a great human rights cause at the heart of the UN’s founding mission.”

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CSO Co-Chair Speeches, 2021 Conference

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Research Briefing

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Strategic Document

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Strategic Document

Annex B: Five-Year Implementation Plan

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A statement by the Equal Rights Coalition on serious human rights violations and abuses against LGBTI people in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation.

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Equal Rights Coalition’s (ERC) statement on coronavirus (COVID-19) and the human rights of LGBTI persons

15 May 2020


Statement by Equal Rights Coalition on the situation in Brunei

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