ECADE officially launches
2018 is a particularly poignant time in the Caribbean to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on 17 May. The IDAHOTB global theme, “Alliances for Solidarity” is particularly resonant as this is the very foundation of the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE).
“The IDAHOTB theme is a timely reminder of our shared destinies and indeed our shared histories”, says ECADE Executive Director, Kenita Placide.
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In the 70th year since the creation of the Organization of American States (OAS) ECADE with the LGBTTI Coalition, saw allies integrate a message of equality for all and a coalition of church leaders diverge with the religious rights position of exclusion and marginalisation.
The Coalition of LGBTTTI Organizations of Latin America and the Caribbean that work within the framework of the OAS,1 composed of the undersigned organizations, commend the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for the recognition of the human rights of transgender persons and same-sex couples, as affirmed in its Advisory Opinion 24/17 dated November 24, 2017 and published on January 9, 2018.
With this historic Opinion, the Inter-American Court recognizes that the human rights obligations of States vis-à-vis the principles of equality and non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, include the obligation to recognize families composed of same-sex couples and the right to gender identity. This Opinion reinforces the urgent need of States in the region to adopt measures to ensure both formal and substantial equality of persons with non-normative or diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions in the Americas.
The LGBTTTI Coalition has also published a summary of the Advisory Opinion.
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The Coalition celebrates the adoption of the Omnibus Resolution on Human Rights (OEA/Ser.P/AG/CG/doc.5/18 rev.2), which includes section (xii) focusing on the “human rights and prevention of discrimination and violence against LGBTI persons,” during its 48th Regular Session of the General Assembly, which took place in Washington DC, June 4 and 5, 2018.
As the world joins to observe international Human Rights Day on December 10, several organisations across the eastern Caribbean have come together to launch the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality or ECADE. ECADE was ratified in November 2016 during a two-day meeting in Saint Lucia, which follows an initial meeting held in Grenada in 2015. At the Saint Lucia meeting, members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) and human rights organisations from the eastern Caribbean, including Barbados and Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, met to discuss and endorse policy and governance issues and next steps to guide this new network over the coming years.
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