Israel: IGLHRC Statement on World Pride 2006

The board of directors and staff of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) have issued the following statement on World Pride 2006, which will take place in Jerusalem in August of this year:

The mission of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is to secure the full enjoyment of human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and/or HIV status.

Affirming a guiding principle that human rights are indivisible, IGLHRC’s vision fits within a broader, global social justice movement that addresses the economic, social, cultural and political conditions that impact the lives of people whose sexual orientation, gender expression, or HIV status are stigmatized or do not conform to social norms.

IGLHRC recognizes that many LGBTI people in the region who wish to attend World Pride 2006, named “Love without Borders,” will be unable to do so due to travel restrictions and conditions that limit mobility and participation.

IGLHRC condemns the homophobic statements made by Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders in connection with World Pride 2006. A basic tenet of human rights is to embrace human rights for all regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and/or religion.

While IGLHRC will not be participating in World Pride 2006, we support the work of LGBTI and human rights organizations which embrace the indivisibility of human rights and we will continue to work with national and international partners to advance the global cause for the full enjoyment of human rights by all.

IGLHRC encourages all human rights organizations and individuals who choose to participate in World Pride 2006 to engage in active discussion about the denial of human rights of all people in the region as well as LGBTI communities in Israel and the Occupied Territories.