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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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Webinar

Banning So-Called ‘Conversion Therapies’

09 April 2024

Webinar

Eliminating Harmful Practices against and Promoting Human Rights Protection of Intersex People

29 September 2023

Webinar

Using CEDAW to pursue the decriminalisation of LBTQ people: promising avenues and developments

12 June 2023

report

Buenos Aires 2022 Conference Report

30 November 2022

report

ERC Pre-Conference Report 2022

08 September 2022

Research Briefing

Anti-Gender Movement Background Paper

08 September 2022

Statement

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia 2024: Declaration by the Co-chairs on behalf of the Equal Rights Coalition

14 May 2024

Declaration

Equal Rights Coalition launches its Secretariat, hosted by ILGA World

08 May 2024

Statement

ERC statement on the legalization of Same-Sex Marriage and Homoparental Adoption in Greece

26 February 2024

Statement

Statement by the Equal Rights Coalition on the Russian Supreme Court judgment infringing LGBTIQ+ people’s basic human rights 

18 December 2023

Statement

ERC statement on the decriminalization of same-sex activity between men in Mauritius

17 October 2023

Statement

ERC Statement on the SDG Summit, September 2023

20 September 2023