“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.”
In 78 countries of the world homosexuality is considered a crime. In seven of them (Saudi Arabia, Iran, Mauritania, Sudan, Yemen, federal states of Nigeria applying sharia law and Somalia’s southern areas) same-sex relationships are punished with death sentence.
Torture crimes and persecution against LGBT persons were denounced in more than 40 countries (Albania, Armenia, Bahamas, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Fiji, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jamaica, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Moldova, Montenegro, Nigeria, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uganda, Uruguay, Zimbabwe).
We are committed to fighting any persecution towards homosexuality or gender identity by trying to mitigate and prevent LGBT community’s problems all over the world.
Goals and activities
The goal of International LGBT Support (IS) is to defend sexual minorities at international level. As many people know, LGBT rights are not respected, in particular in areas as Africa, Latin America, India, Indonesia, China etc. Our programme aims to support equal rights as well as to oppose laws criminalizing homosexuality worldwide and to spread correct information about the occurring events. Our international contacts keep us updated and allow our large-scale intervention.
IS is the result of our passion for our job, which is shared by our young volunteers as well as by several collaborators who are present and helpful. Our goals aim to restore dignity and humanity among all those persons who are daily persecuted, tortured or killed and to set them free. We also support and help refugees, provide for useful contacts and suggestions to people in trouble.
At the moment IS has launched two big support programmes aimed at providing precise/detailed information about realities that are not much known worldwide and are very often underestimated. IS is still a recent and small association but it is largely growth-oriented. Its main programmes are International Support Uganda and International America Latina.
Our programmes were reinforced through an accurate series of researches on the socio-political situation of the territory as well as on its role against LGBT rights, in order to try to understand the real needs of those persons who are the victims of abuses and are excluded from their social context itself.
IS’s activity is based on the main topic “LGBT rights”.
We look at problems which are not much known and are often neglected by other organizations. We can provide for support and new opposite forces against these problems, and so build new coalitions and alliances through the promotion of the rights of the LGBT community.
International LGBT Support’s priorities 2014 – 2016:
Refugees support activity operations; possible distance actions against the problems arising during the work period; fight against hate crime towards LGBT persons; social integration for refugees with possible support meeting; house-hunting; aid in asylum requests; provision of information and practical assistance, etc.
Education in human rights matters; meeting in schools, universities, NGO and companies, drafting of articles and letters concerning LGBT rights in order to sensitize public opinion.
Instructions aiming to improving information about LGBT community’s rights and to promote equality thanks to the government, companies and media support.
Rights advocacy in Belgium and Italy as well as at international level.
IS is committed to fighting against religious discrimination and homophobia, which are often in the spotlight in many of the above-mentioned countries, and to opposing religious extremism, which is originated from fundamentalism and leads to the persecution of many ethnic groups. That is what is happening in Africa with Anglican groups coming from the United States. Once more our main goal is defending freedom of speech and of association of homosexual communities.
Events and debates aiming at informing in Belgium area and in many other countries.
Additional goals aim to: involving information and advocacy; sensitizing public awareness and opinion; educating our audience in equality matters; succeeding in transmit our message in particular to the most uninformed countries; undertaking support programmes intended to refugees of different countries in order to foster their integration.
Achieved goals: thanks to our information, events organization and articles about the updated situation in Burundi, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda, we reached a lot of LGBT persons, in particular a good part of the Italian audience. Other associations supported us in helping refugees who are seeking asylum to settle on other countries. Lastly, the great cooperation of several NGOs helped us to spread information and to support sexual minorities.
We consolidate our presence in the media in order to promote our activity. We are on Facebook, Twitter and in many other blogs with our reports on LGBT topics. We cooperate actively with the Italian online review Pianeta Queer and other newspapers involved with this question. In less than nine months the GIS’ activity has increased a lot and we are convinced that it will go on increasing.
We created disagreement and opposition announcements in order to promote the cause of homosexuals’ rights worldwide. We launched petitions in order to hinder actions aimed at demolishing equality and at harming human rights. We do oppose actions like torture, discrimination and death sentence.
We are very committed in fund-raising oriented at the programme for visas in favour of people asking for them. These are in particular transgender and homosexual persons fleeing violence and discrimination as well as persecution and torture. We are trying to work in order to support them in their displacement and house-hunting.
We are raising funds for our support programme in favour of the refugees in Brussels in order to launch a meeting programme intended for LGBT persons and including the opportunity for them to meet persons they know, to learn the language for free and to share their own experiences.
We are raising funds to promote adequately our campaign anti-homophobia and to extend it to as many countries as possible, by using pamphlets and more informative material.
We are developing an education programme, which should be promoted at school and at the university, about LGBT matters as well as topics such as equality and LGBT community’s fundamental rights worldwide. We give both legal and practical advice and inform about discussed themes. We are working out pages containing data, statistics, advices concerning discrimination experiences, personal witnesses and reports on our activity.
We firmly oppose religious crimes and the discrimination based on the different religious faiths. We support any social or ethnic group, and carry on actions aimed at abolishing death sentence in any country. We try to get the support of big NGOs and organizations as well as of the Parliament.
We are committed to fighting discrimination towards lesbian and transsexuals, and contribute to assure equality even in workplace.
IS is committed to fighting transphobia, which is largely spread in Latin American countries, in compliance with the self-determination right of the Charter of the United Nations.
We are fighting against anti-gay laws applied in Uganda in recent months, through information campaigns aimed at explaining to people the problem of the subventions given by the Anglican communities from America going to Africa to promote homophobia and discrimination. We informed our audience about the local support programmes intended to help the LGBT community and the real difficulties of the activists and volunteers to protect homosexuals’ right arisen after that the bill approved by Museveni in February 2014 became effective. The promotion of violence and crimes engendered a hate that led to the marriage prohibition in Nigeria.
We also raised the question of Sam Kutesa’s election as President of the United Nations by divulging information necessary to show that he would not be the most suitable person for representing them, considering his past. We are planning a series of meeting about this topic for next September, both in Brussels and in Italy.
Through our programme International Support Uganda we are committed to giving as much support as possible to those persons who are the victims of discrimination cause of both sexual orientation and gender identity.
We are going to organize a research, which will be followed by a report, concerning Latin America, its legislation and data about violence experiences. We expect also updates on conferences and meetings aimed at improving quality life for LGBTI persons all over the world. Through our programme International Support America Latina we are committed to fighting against discrimination and to stopping hate crimes towards homosexuals.
IS supports laws and politics to protect everybody’s dignity. We are working to promote equality all over the world so that all persons can entirely enjoy their rights.
You can help us / Help us to support our association by using our new bank account:
Global International Support Human Rights
BBAN E-01030-36760 000001132654
IBAN IT-30- E 01030 36760 000001132654
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For further information: http://www.global-international-support.be/about_us/