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Marriage in Argentina and the consultative status of the IGLHRC

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  • German Humberto Rincon Perfetti
    *Marriage in Argentina and the consultative status of the IGLHRC* ** *Hello,* ** *1. By a law of Congress, equal marriage, including same sex couples, was
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 7, 2010

      Marriage in Argentina and the consultative status of the IGLHRC


      1. By a law of Congress, equal marriage, including same sex couples, was approved in Argentina. With this act, the number of countries that recognize it are now 10 (Canada, Portugal, Spain, Holland Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Island, and South Africa). This wave of marriage rights will certainly continue. In spite of it, we should ask ourselves if this is the model that we want for ourselves, when this institution is "a sinking ship". Each time that there is a separation, whether of a relationship, a common-law marriage, or a real marriage, it is another indicator that leads us to conclude that this is a statistically failed model. (The people do not fail, it is the model itself). We could learn from our primitive communities from before the processes of genocide or colonization, and we could reconsider and redefine our affective, erotic, and genital relationship models.

      2. The International Lesbian and Gay Human Rights Commission has obtained consultative status at the UN. This is transcendental in recognizing organizations open to our communities within the UN System.

      Please send this information on to your contacts.

      Reflexive greetings,

      Germán Humberto Rincón Perfetti

      Latin American Representative to the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association www.ILGLaw.org

      Alternate Gay Regional Representative ILGA-LAC ILGA www.ILGA.org

      Bogotá Colombia

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      United Nations Grants Official Status to US-Based International LGBT Rights Group

      A victory against homophobic silencing of civil society

      Sara Perle, New York: +1 212-430-6015 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +1 212-430-6015      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, sperle@... (English/Italian)
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      Marcelo Ferreyra, Buenos Aires: +54 11-4665-7527 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +54 11-4665-7527      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, mferreyra@... (Spanish/English)
      (July 19, 2001) On July 19, 2010, the full United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) voted in favor of a US-led resolution to grant the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) consultative status. IGLHRC is only the tenth organization working primarily for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) human rights to gain such status at the United Nations.
      "Today's decision is an affirmation that the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have a place at the United Nations as part of a vital civil society community," said Cary Alan Johnson, IGLHRC Executive Director. "The clear message here is that these voices should not be silenced and that human rights cannot be denied on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity."
      The resolution passed with 23 in favor, 13 against, 13 abstentions and 5 absences.
      This victory is particularly significant, coming as it does after a prolonged 3-year application process in the sub-committee that makes initial recommendations on status. Despite full compliance with all procedures IGLHRC faced deferrals, homophobic questioning, and procedural roadblocks in the ECOSOC NGO Committee.
      Today's decision overturned a "no-action" vote in the NGO-committee that threatened to establish a dangerous precedent and the possibility of organizations deemed controversial being continuously denied the opportunity to have their application put to a vote even after undergoing the required review.
      The vote also signals a recognition of the important role of a diverse and active civil society at the UN. In support of progress on IGLHRC's application, a group of over 200 NGOs from 59 countries endorsed a letter to all UN Member States, demanding fair and non-discriminatory treatment and supporting IGLHRC's goal of amplifying LGBT voices in the international arena.
      "As human rights defenders and LGBT people living in countries where homophobic discrimination is a daily reality, we celebrate the accreditation of IGLHRC at the UN," said Frank Mugisha, Chairperson of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), one of 13 NGOs from Uganda to publicly call for IGLHRC to be accredited. "IGLHRC's access to the UN means that we too will have greater access to international human-rights mechanisms that can prove invaluable to LGBT people's lives."
      The government of the United States stood strongly behind IGLHRC's application, calling for a vote in both the NGO Committee and ECOSOC. Ambassador Susan Rice, US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, publicly supported IGLHRC's application. Additionally, 14 members of the US House of Representatives and 4 Senators sent letters of support for IGLHRC's application to all UN Member States. Among them were Senator John Kerry, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Congressman Howard Berman, Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
      The victory continues the upward trajectory for LGBT rights at the UN. It allows IGLHRC to participate in a more formal way through attending meetings, submitting statements and collaborating with the UN and governments in the international human-rights arena.
      "We celebrate this decision," stated Toni Reis, president of the Brazilian LGBT group, Associação Brasileira de Lésbicas, Gays, Bissexuais, Travestis e Transexuais (ABGLT) - that in 2009 was the last LGBT organization to receive status. "It is crucial that LGBT NGOs have the opportunity to participate in the UN human rights debate - though in future, organizations should receive full and fair reviews before the NGO Committee itself."
      Despite the limited opportunities offered to non-accredited NGOs, IGLHRC has a long history of advocating at the UN for the rights of all people, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. The organization advocated for sexual rights to be included in the official discussions at the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing; spoke at the first UN General Assembly meeting on HIV and AIDS in 2001; and in recent years has been part of a collaboration between NGOs and supportive States that resulted in the groundbreaking 2008 UNGA Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, signed by 67 UN Member States.
      The votes on this resolution granting IGLHRC special consultative status were as follows:

      Vote For - 23

      • Argentina
      • Australia
      • Belgium
      • Brazil
      • Canada
      • Chile
      • Estonia
      • Finland
      • France
      • Germany
      • Guatemala
      • Italy
      • Japan
      • Liechtenstein
      • Malta
      • Norway
      • Peru
      • Poland
      • Rep. of Korea
      • Slovenia
      • United Kingdom
      • United States
      • Uruguay

      Votes Against - 13

      • Bangladesh
      • China
      • Comoros
      • Egypt
      • Malaysia
      • Morocco
      • Namibia
      • Niger
      • Pakistan
      • Russian Fed.
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Venezuela
      • Zambia

      Abstaining - 13

      • Bahamas
      • Cote D'Ivoire
      • Ghana
      • India
      • Mauritius
      • Mongolia
      • Mozambique
      • Philippines
      • Rep. of Moldova
      • Rwanda
      • Saint Kitts & Nevis
      • Turkey
      • Ukraine

      Absent - 5

      • Cameroon
      • Congo
      • Guinea-Bissau
      • Iraq
      • Saint Lucia
      The mission of The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is advancing human rights for everyone, everywhere to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. A non-profit, non-governmental organization, IGLHRC is based in New York, with offices in Cape Town and Buenos Aires. Visit http://www.iglhrc.org for more information.
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      ILGA, la Asociación Internacional de Gays, Bisexuales, Transexuales e Intersexuales desea felicitar a sus 15 grupos miembros en Argentina así como también al Congreso Argentino por su voto sobre la ¨ley de matrimonio igualitario¨ la cual garantizará equidad e igualdad de matrimonio y derecho de adopción para compañeros/as del mismo sexo.

      Mapa ILGA-LAC América Latina y el Caribe, 15 Julio del 2010

      Esto hace de Argentina el décimo país en el mundo que garantiza la equidad y la igualdad de derecho al matrimonio, y el segundo en las Américas luego de Canadá y el primero en toda América Latina y el Caribe. Argentina agrega su nombre a la de otros países como Holanda, Bélgica, España, Canadá, Sudáfrica, Noruega, Suecia y recientemente Portugal e Islandia.

      Gloria Careaga
      , co-secretaria general de ILGA:
Este es un triunfo resultado de una larga lucha y de las transformaciones impulsadas por la comunidad LGBTI que no solo protege los derechos de las parejas de mismo sexo sino que cumbra a la estructura social. Los ojos de America Latina y del mundo reciben con admiración este importante logro.

      Renato Sabbadini, co-secretario general de ILGA: 
Hoy, definitivamente existe más libertad, equidad e igualdad en el mundo gracias a Argentina: un ejemplo para los muchos países en los hemisferios Sur y Norte, que todavía consideran a Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales, Trans e Intersexuales como ciudadanos de segunda clase.

      Los miembros de ILGA en Argentina:
      • Acción Política Lésbica Gay Trans Bisexual
      • Área de Estudios Queer
      • Asociación de lucha por la Identidad Travesti Transexual
      • Asociación Travestis Transexuales Transgéneros Argentinas
      • Buenos Aires Leather Club
      • Centro Cristiano de la Comunidad GLTTB Asociación Civil
      • Comunidad Homosexual Argentina
      • Federación Argentina de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales y Trans
      • Grupo de mujeres de la Argentina Foro de VIH mujeres y familia
      • Grupo de Sida por la Vida
      • Iglesia de la Comunidad Metropolitana de Buenos Aires
      • Movimiento Antidiscriminatorio de Liberación
      • Nexo Asociación Civil (Grupo Nexo)
      • Puerta Abierta
      • Sociedad de Integración Gay-Lésbica Argentina – SIGLA
      Para mayor información, contacte a ILGA al número 0032 2 502 24 71, stephenbarris@... o bien a Gabriel Oviedo en Argentina al e-mail gabrieloviedo@...

      ILGA es una red de más de 600 grupos en más de 111 países luchando desde 1978 por la igualdad y la equidad de los derechos para personas lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, intersexuales y transgéneros/as. El trabajo de ILGA es patrocinado por las organizaciones holandesas: HIVOS y NOVIB, por IBM, por la Agencia Sueca para el Desarrollo Internacional (SIDA-ASDI), y por la Fundación ARCUS.

      Traducción al castellano: Ebén Díaz, Red de Desarrollo Sostenible de Nicaragua.

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      Fundada en 1978, la Asociación Internacional de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales, Trans e Intersex es una red mundial de grupos locales, nacionales e internacionales dedicados a lograr la igualdad de derechos para las personas lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, trans y intersex (LGBTI) en todo el mundo. Cada continente y más de 110 países están representados.
      ILGA, 17 rue de la Charité | 1210 Bruxelles | Tel +32 2 502 24 71 | Fax +32-2-223 48 20 | www.ilga.org

      Germán Humberto Rincón Perfetti
      G&M de Colombia Abogados
      Asociación Lideres en Acción
      Carrera 14 A No 71 A 32 (101)
      57-1 2102534  2102530
      Bogotá - Colombia - S.A.
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