Who we are

History

The Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) was founded in 2016 at the Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference in Montevideo, under the leadership of Uruguay and the Netherlands, and is dedicated to the protection of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons, and the promotion of inclusive development.

Overview

Since the founding in 2016, ERC Member States, Civil Society Organisations, and Multilateral Organisations have worked together to take action – through public pronouncements and diplomatic intervention – when we have witnessed LGBTI persons facing abuses and violations of their human rights. At the same time, we have welcomed the positive steps made by governments, legislatures, and courts around the world in combating discrimination and strengthening protections for the human rights of LGBTI persons.

Since 2016 we have also expanded membership of the ERC, which now covers 42 Member States across Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America, and the Pacific. As members, they have confirmed their commitment to progressing LGBTI rights, both domestically and internationally, adhering to the founding principles and subsequent commitments of the ERC, and engaging in the work of the Coalition.

Founding Principles

The Founding Principles of the ERC are:

Recalling

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Recalling the affirmation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status;

Affirming

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Expressing

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Welcoming

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Stressing

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Recognising

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We, as participating States, commit to:

Strengthening cooperation

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Strengthening cooperation in, coordination of and communication about our efforts to advance the human rights of, and support inclusive development for, all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and sex characteristics;

Establishing a coalition

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Building bridges

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Consulting closely

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Working together

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report

2021 Online Conference Report

06 August 2021

report

CSO Co-Chair Speeches, 2021 Conference

07 July 2021

videos

The COVID-19 pandemic & LGBTIQ+ communities: a call for action for government & multilateral donors

20 April 2021

Research Briefing

Gender Recognition and Trans Rights in the UK

20 October 2020

report

Report 1: Global Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTI Communities

20 April 2020

Equal Rights Coalition Civil Society Roles & Structure Proposal

20 November 2018

Declaration

ERC 2021 Convening Civil Society Statement

09 July 2021

Strategic Document

Equal Rights Coalition Strategic Plan 2021-2026

06 July 2021

Strategic Document

Annex B: Five-Year Implementation Plan

06 July 2021

Statement

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.

19 April 2021

Statement

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

15 May 2020

Statement

Statement by Equal Rights Coalition on the situation in Brunei

13 April 2019