FRA Director was Rapporteur to ''Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity" conference

FRA Director, Morten Kjaerum speaking at UN conference ''Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity"
FRA Director, Morten Kjaerum speaking at UN conference ''Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity"
FRA Director Morten Kjaerum was the European rapporteur in the UN conference ''Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity" in Oslo on 15 April.

The conference was hosted by South Africa and Norway. This conference brought together over 200 state and civil society representatives as well as other stakeholders from 84 countries who discussed the fundamental rights situation of LGBT people in their region following a series of 'regional conferences'. The starting point for the discussions was the 2011 report ‘Discriminatory Laws and Practices and Acts of Violence against Individuals based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity’ by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights. Participants discussed follow up to the UN Human Rights Council Resolution that focuses on the human rights of LGBT people. The ‘European’ conference took place on 26 March in Paris, under the auspices of the French authorities, in cooperation with the European Commission, and in partnership with Poland. In reporting back from Paris, the FRA Director addressed the challenges and obstacles LGBT people in Europe face and 'ways forward' for the LGBT agenda. Replying to a question from the audience, the FRA Director stressed the need for more and better, reliable data and mentioned the FRA methodology as an example, which could also be useful for other geographical regions.