Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons are still facing discrimination and/or persecution on grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity. More than 70 countries still criminalize same-sex conduct between consenting adults. Eight countries still use the death penalty.
Through the initiative “Diplomats for Equality”, diplomats, employees of embassies, delegations and permanent missions and international organisations, commit to work together to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms and denounce instances of discrimination and/or persecution of LGBTI persons globally.
International human rights law grounds itself on the premise that all individuals are entitled to the same rights and freedoms as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Citizens of all societies, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons, should be able to live freely without fear of violence or discrimination, and play an active part in society. Because after-all, inclusive and tolerant societies are more prosperous and stable ones. We therefore commit to continuing our work, including in the UN, the OSCE and the EU, to promote respect for, and non-discrimination against, LGBTI persons.
A Global initiative for equality
In 2017, more than 30 embassies, delegations, permanent missions and international organizations, based in Vienna, joined the initiative ‘Diplomats for Equality’. Join us, and together, we can promote human rights for everybody and achieve equality for LGBTI persons!