European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

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On 30 November 2007, to commemorate the World AIDS Day, ILGA-Europe launches an electronic guide to international human rights references to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) as related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections.

ILGA-Europe has created the guide to assist advocates to identify, interpret and apply existing international instruments and standards in their work. There is a particular focus on commitments and progressmade by some countries of the ex-Soviet block in relation to comprehensive prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among LGBT people.

The reference guide is a part of a joint project “Prevention and Empowerment in the Commonwealth of Independent States” (PRECIS), coordinated by COC Netherlands and financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project aims at improving sexual and reproductive health and enhancing human rights of LGBT people in seven countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Ukraine.

Maxim Anmeghichean, Programmes Director of ILGA-Europe, said:

“Currently there is a limited knowledge among LGBT activists of the commitments on sexual and reproductive health and rights made by national governments in international forums such as the UN. We hope our guide will become a helpful and effective human rights advocacy resource for the activists in their work locally, nationally and internationally. The guide is designed to increase their knowledge of the relevant references and their place within international human rights law and discourse. It will also enable the activists to hold their governments accountable for implementation of these international commitments.

While the primary target audiences of the guide are LGBT advocates in the countries belonging to the PRECIS partnership, we hope that it will also become a useful resource to a wider circle of activists working in such areas as the rights of HIV positive people and people living with AIDS, reproductive and sexual health.”

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For more information please contact
Juris Lavrikovs at + 32 2 609 54 16 / + 32 496 708 375

Notes for editors:

(1) ILGA-Europe is the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association and works for equality and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Europe: www.ilga-europe.org

(2) The guide is available at our website: www.ilga-europe.org/europe/publications/non_periodical/international_hum...