Promoting LGBTI Rights - A Shift in Rights-Based Foreign Policy

In the last several years, LGBTI rights have come to the forefront of political debates within the US and EU. Whilst these debates have resulted in some historic changes, this has not been universal. ILGA research shows that discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity remains legal in 78 countries and in at least five countries, homosexuality is punishable by death. Even in those parts of the world that defend LGBTI rights, there is a legal question of immigration, and how this impacts on the safe movement of LGBTI people and couples. Does the uncertain legalities of same-sex couple migration force a choice between love and country?

The LGBTI community represents a significant minority, but in many countries, these individuals are deprived of their fundamental rights. The UN has recognised these issues and is leading efforts on a multilateral level, but how are the US and EU stepping up their actions? From President Obama's focus on LGBTI rights as a foreign policy priority, and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Mogherini defending its important role in EU foreign policy, these two world powers are ensuring that LGBTI rights are defended and promoted. But how far will LGBTI rights become engrained in human rights worldwide?

Join us on Monday 23 February to discuss efforts to promote LGBTI rights in US and EU foreign policy with a panel of distinguished speakers.

Expert speakers for this event include:

- Professor Scott Titshaw, Fullbright Scholar, E.U.I Migration Policy Centre
- Silvio Gonzato, Director for Human Rights and Democracy, EEAS
- Logan Council, Political Officer, US Mission to the EU
- Evelyne Paradis, executive director, ILGA Europe


This event is open to YPFP Members and friends.

REGISTER: http://goo.gl/BjnVRH

February 23, 2015 at 7pm - 9pm
The US Mission to the EU
Boulevard du Regent 40
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