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Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Guidelines for the Norwegian Foreign Service Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Guidelines for the Norwegian Foreign Service

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Norway guidelines SOGI2014, 12 pages

Norway is a staunch supporter of the rights of all human beings, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Norway works to protect the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender – LGBT - persons in the United Nations Human Rights Council, the United Nations General Assembly and at country level.

This is a sensitive issue in many countries. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry has therefore developed guidelines for the foreign missions’ work for LGBT persons. The guidelines are developed in collaboration with Norway’s foreign missions in Guatemala, Nepal, Kenya and Uganda.

Guidelines for efforts by Norwegian embassies to promote the rights of LGBT people Guidelines for efforts by Norwegian embassies to promote the rights of LGBT people

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norge guidelines2014, 8 pages

Norway plays an active role as an advocate for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transpersons – LGBT - both in the UN Human Rights Council, the UN General Assembly and bilaterally. The starting point for Norway’s efforts is that human rights apply to everyone, regardless of their sex, social and ethnic background, religion or sexual orientation.

In many countries, securing the rights of LGBT people is a sensitive issue. We have therefore developed brief guidelines for efforts by Norwegian embassies to promote the rights of LGBT people.

The guidelines have been developed in cooperation with Norwegian embassies in Nicaragua, Nepal, Kenya and Uganda.

The guidelines include the following recommendations:

  • Embassies should be aware of the Norwegian policy on LGBTs
  • Human rights efforts must extend to issues relating to LGBT people
  • Embassies should gain an overview of the situation for LGBTs
  • Embassies should raise the general issue of LGBT rights in their talks with authorities
  • Events of arrests or abuse of LGBT people should be monitored and reported

Diversity in Human Sexuality Diversity in Human Sexuality

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Diversity in Human SexualityJune 2015, 99 pages

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has published this report examining scientific evidence on sexual practices. The report shows that human sexual behaviour is naturally varied, and should not form a basis for discrimination. It further presents substantial evidence that sexual diversity has always been a normal part of human society. 

The report concludes that tolerance of same-sex orientation benefits communities and positively affects public health, civil society and long-term economic growth.

The report could encourage policymakers, faith leaders and communities to learn about LGBTI people that live in their countries and help inform policies and lawmaking. Efforts should be focused on countering the stigmatisation that creates hostile and violent environments for those who are othered within heteronormative societies.

Demanding credibility and sustaining activism. A guide to sexuality-based advocacy Demanding credibility and sustaining activism. A guide to sexuality-based advocacy

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Date added: 06/14/2012
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demanding credibilityGlobal Rights collaborates with local partners to expand the understanding of sexuality-related violence and discrimination in human rights terms, as well as to respond to specific human rights cases.

This guide from 2008 provides case studies, showing how to strengthen human rights campaign efforts. It demonstrates how communities can be mobilized to respond to abuses and prevent additional suffering, and how people can bring strategic court cases to build a more solid legal foundation for the rights of LGBTI persons, while also creating alliances with other marginalized groups. The guide also includes a broad material resource list of reports in the LGBTI area

Creating Spaces. Common issues, lessons learnt and ways forward for people involved in the development of LGBTI organisations Creating Spaces. Common issues, lessons learnt and ways forward for people involved in the development of LGBTI organisations

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Skrmbillede 2013-11-27 kl. 10.18.372012, 126 pages

Inspirational publication on the development of LGBTI organisations.

Over the years, the many people involved in this sector have gathered an enormous wealth of implicit knowledge on how these organisations work, how they relate to each other and how they develop themselves. This publication captures some of their practices and will make their organisational lessons learnt more explicit. Making these lessons more accessible will support practitioners who are involved in one way or another in the development of LGBTI organisations, whether they be activists, funders, capacity enhancers, networkers, programmers, lobbyists or whichever other role or combinations of roles.

One of the chapters deals specifically with LGBTI people and organisations in a hostile environment.

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