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Celebrating IDAHOT, NGO calls for respect and protection

May 17, 2019 12:45 pm

On this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), the NGO Coalition on Human Rights joins in solidarity to call for the protection of LGBTQI rights.

IDAHOTB is commemorated annually on May 17th to raise awareness on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and intersex) rights violations, discrimination and stigma.

The NGOCHR marched this morning as part of the Pride March organized by the LGBTQI community that took place at the Suva Flea Market to Sukuna Park in Suva.

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Coalition Chair, Nalini Singh says there is support in Fiji, the Pacific and globally for justice and equality of the LGBTQI community.

Singh says there is a need to promote a culture of equality, respect, inclusiveness and diversity that encompasses all Fijians.

No one should be left behind, the Chair noting that LGBTQI rights are human rights.

Meanwhile, Singh says the 2013 Constitution prohibits discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and gender expression, however, barriers still exist that limit the full recognition and protection of LGBTQI rights.

The coalition is urging leaders to speak up against homophobia and hate speech when it occurs in our communities and to encourage a society where there is equality, justice and respect for all human rights.

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