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International Diplomacy

International Diplomacy

In advancing human rights and fundamental freedoms, diplomatic relations across countries and regions are vital for progress.

Overview

Around the world, LGBTI communities continue to face criminalisation, violence, and discrimination. To combat this, States should work together to encourage progress through information and best practice sharing, engagement with civil society, and private and public support for progress on LGBTI rights.

The ERC founding principles outline the importance of diplomacy efforts. In particular, they highlight the responsibility to strengthen cooperation, coordination, and communication in advancing LGBTI human rights, sharing information between States, and building constructive dialogue with States and relevant stakeholders around LGBTI rights and inclusive development.

In 2018 the International Diplomacy group developed a diplomacy and advocacy toolkit for promoting LGBTI human rights internationally. The toolkit outlines key actions to be taken on international diplomacy in the ERC mechanism.

These are:

  • Information sharing – gathering key information with local civil society organizations, agencies, host-country governments, and other interlocutors, and information sharing among ERC members.
  • Civil society engagement – building relationships, supporting capacity-building, and supporting at-risk communities.
  • Government engagement – contacts with local government, private demarches, expressions of support, and ministerial demarches.
  • Public responses – local statements from missions, individual statements from Member States, sub-group statements, and full ERC statements.
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National Laws & Policies: LGBTI Refugees

08 April 2022

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National Laws & Policies: LGBTI Refugees

08 April 2022

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National Laws & Policies: Legal Gender Recognition

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National Laws & Policies: Legal Gender Recognition

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Statement

Equal Rights Coalition´s (ERC) Statement on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

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Statement

ERC Statement on the Aggression against Ukraine and the protection of LGBTI persons and refugees.

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Statement

ERC Statement on the Nexus Between Democracy and the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons

10 December 2021

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