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Human Rights Talk: LGBTQI Movements – Leaps, bounds and baby steps

From left to right: Svetlana Manakhova (translator), Dennis van der Veur, Irene Brickner, Jonathan Sauvé, Marty Huber, Komil Radzhabov, Erin © Embassy of Canada/APA-Fotoservice/Rossboth

As part of the “Human Rights Talk” series at the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna, the Embassy of Vienna to Austria organised a panel discussion with international experts, moderated by Irene Brickner from the Austrian daily “Der Standard”. Erin Aylward (Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Scholar, Canada), Marty Huber (queer-feminist activist and author, Queer Base), Komil Radzhabov (Tajik activist) and Dennis van der Veur (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights) exchanged their experiences and views on LGBTQI movements around the world. Opening remarks for the event, which was organised by the Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights in cooperation with the Embassy of Canada to Austria, were delivered by Counsellor Jonathan Sauvé and by Anna Müller-Funk from the Research Centre Human Rights.

In terms of public perceptions of and attitudes towards LGBTQI issues, significant progress has been made in many countries - in particular over the last two decades. We must not forget, however, that lots of work still needs to be done on the global stage, not only to enhance public acceptance, but also to strengthen the protection against legal and social prosecution. Canada is a very LGBTQI-friendly country and thus recognises its moral obligation to advocate for improvements of the situation of LGBTQI persons on the international stage.


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