Monrovia-A one-day stakeholders panel discussion marking the observance of this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) will take place on Monday, May 17, 2021, in Monrovia.
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobiaha is an annual event that mobilizes support to raise awareness against violence, discrimination, and repression face by LGBTIQ communities worldwide.
The day also provides an opportunity to take action and engage in dialogue with the media, policymakers, public opinion and wider civil society on the protection of human rights for all.
A release from LIPRIDE-Liberia said the day will be marked with strategic engagement while a panel discussion will take place bringing together six national and international stakeholders, discussing various human rights issues, including the UNAIDS Global strategy on HIV, tailored interventions for LGBTIQ,key populations and other minority groups, Liberia’s new HIV National Strategic Plan II, and the National Human rights Action Plan and how it addresses LGBTIQ and other key population groups in Liberia.
Other key points to be considered during the panel discussion include, the role of Civil Society in fostering inclusive human rights advocacy, and mechanisms by the Liberian government in addressing recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review on human rights issues.
LIPRIDE-Liberia takes specific note of violations against the LGBT community which continues to go unabated with no end in sight. This includes the recent targeting of men believed to be gay by Cheeseman Cole, ex-personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia and the brutalization of men in Paynesville by community watch team.
LIPRIDE-Liberia continues to call on the government to be cognizant of the rights of Liberians who are from the LGBT community, and ensuring that they are protected within the ambit of the constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We further call LIPRIDE-Liberia continues to call on the government to be cognizant of the rights of Liberians who are from the LGBT community, and ensuring that they are protected within the ambit of the constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We further call on the government to do all it can in the repealing of the various sections of the penal code which target sexual minorities.