NEW YORK, OCTOBER 17 – Against all discriminations: Italy recently joined the the U.N.’s LGBTI Core Group. Now 9 years old, the group is composed of representatives from 21 member states, along with the U.N.’s Office of Human Rights and two advocacy organizations — Human Rights Watch and OutRight International.
The group’s mission is to advocate for the rights of sexual and gender minorities globally, with an emphasis on ending violence and discrimination against lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people.
Chaired by the Netherlands and Argentina, the group is currently composed by Albania, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Israel, Mexico, Montenegro, Norway, New Zeland, Spain, United States, United Kingdom and Uruguay.
The entrance of Italy in the Core Group marks an important resina and a recognition for the country’s involvente in the protection of LGBTI rights. In 2008 Italy supported the first United States General Assembly declaration on “human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity”. Italy endorsed the 2015 UN report on good practices to fight violence and discrimination against LGBTI people.
Italy accession to the Core Group comes as the United States is no longer playing a leading role. While the U.S. had taken a leading role in the U.N. LGBTI Core Group during the Obama years, its participation to the meeting this year was noticeably muted. (@OnuItalia)