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Int. Human Rights Day

The UN General Assembly adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948. 66 Years later, while many countries have made progress in making human rights a reality, there is one community whose human rights are still denied in many parts in the world, particularly in Africa – the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons. They are beaten, arrested, denied work, terrorized, forced into hiding, and even executed. But human rights – are GLBTI rights – like all people they share a common humanity which was echoed in June of 2003 when the first ever UN resolution was passed recognizing the human rights of gay people world-wide. It is with that in mind the Democracy Development Program (DDP) in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Network (GLN) will co-host a dialogue to raise awareness around the topic but also have a conversation about possible advocacy actions.In preparation for attending this forum, ponder on the following questions:

  1. Why are African countries, in particular South Africa which has one of the most liberal constitutions in the world, silent on the criminalisation of LGBTI persons?
  2. In what ways can the LGBTI community engage government to enhance the appreciation that of its community to ensure that LGBTI persons’ rights and needs are to be respected?
  3. How can Africa’s LGBTI communities mobilise and support each other more effectively against homophobia, and other rights as well as influence policy and legislation that decriminalises homosexuality?

              Details of the event

Date 10 December 2013
Time 10 am – 2 pm
Venue Tsogo Sun Elangeni Hotel, Durban
RSVP Seats are limited and restricted to those that have confirmed. Please complete the attached RSVP form and send it back to us either by fax (031 306 2261) or email to Nonhla Gamede at rsvp@ddp.org.za before or on21 November 2014.For general enquiries call 031 304 9305.Should you RSVP and do not attend you will be charged R250 to cover the venue and catering.
General comments: Apart from the discussions, the day will be filled with live entertainment, of song, dance and poetry. Lunch will be served at the end of the event.

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