Bil Browning

Obama & Brazilian President Agree to Action on LGBT Rights

Filed By Bil Browning | March 21, 2011 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, human rights abuses, LGBT rights, OAS, president Obama, Special Rapporteur

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and President Obama put out a joint statement today about their meeting in Brazil. I found this section to be interesting (emphasis mine):VISITA-Obama-Rousseff-Planalto-EFE_CLAIMA20110319_0174_8.jpg

Democracy, Human Rights, Racial Equality and Social Inclusion

They agreed to cooperate in advancing democracy, human rights and freedom for all people bilaterally and through the United Nations and other multilateral fora, including ensuring respect for human rights in the context of the democratic movements and transitions; strengthening the UN Human Rights Council as recently demonstrated in the case of the creation of the Commission of Inquiry on Libya; promoting respect for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals through the establishment of a Special Rapporteur at the OAS; and improving the conduct of free and fair elections regionally and globally, including through the promotion of human rights in the context of elections and increasing their accessibility to disabled persons.

The OAS is the Organization of American States, a regional group of all 35 countries in the Americas, formed to promote democracy, human rights, security, and development between the member countries. The OAS also has other Special Rapporteur offices focused on human rights like freedom of expression, women's rights, children's issues, and the rights of migrant workers.

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