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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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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

Webinar

National Laws & Policies: LGBTI Refugees

08 April 2022

videos

National Laws & Policies: LGBTI Refugees

08 April 2022

Webinar

National Laws & Policies: Legal Gender Recognition

03 December 2021

Statement

ERC Statement on decriminalization of consensual sex between men in Singapore

02 December 2022

Statement

ERC Statement on Russia

24 November 2022

Statement

ERC Statement on the shootings in Bratislava

19 October 2022

Declaration

ERC 2022 Global LGBTI Conference Declaration

09 September 2022

Statement

ERC Statement on Decriminalisation in Saint Kitts and Nevis & Antigua and Barbuda

02 September 2022

Statement

ERC Statement on the IE SOGI Mandate Renewal

11 July 2022