Our work in GLEN on LGBTI rights internationally is twofold: with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and other agencies to promote LGBTI rights and protect LGBTI human rights defenders; and with UN and international agencies that review Ireland's record on LGBT human rights.

Ireland's Record on Supporting LGBTI Rights Internationally

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade released an update summarising their work on LGBTI rights internationally in October 2012.

One of Ireland's key achievements was in June 2011, when Ireland co-sponsored and was a member of the group of states which negotiated the historic Resolution on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. This was the first time that a UN resolution explicitly acknowledged human rights protection as covering sexual orientation, and was a significant moment in the advancement of LGBTI rights internationally.

For further information see the Dept. of Foreign Affairs website here.


United Nations: Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

The UN Human Rights Council examines the human rights record of all countries through a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. Ireland was examined in October 2011.

GLEN made a submission to the UPR outlining key issues for lesbian and gay people, including access to civil marriage, recognition and support of children and protection and support of young LGBT people in schools.

Ireland responded to the questions raised at the October 2011 session in Geneva in March 2012, where there were two questions of relevance for LGB people - same-sex marriage and the Section 37.1 of the Employment Equality Act.

The Irish Government accepted the Spanish recommendation on same sex marriage and committed to review it through the Constitutional Convention. The Swiss recommendation on discriminated against in employment in religious controlled institutions for LGBT people was also accepted by the Government who stated that they were looking at how to address this issue.

These recommendatiosn will be followed up by the UN.

For further information, please see GLEN news updates here.


LGBT Rights Internationally

LGBT rights are not reserved to a specific region or State, they are applicable in every country across the World. LGBT rights are becoming increasing recognised as a Human Right, with the UN recently passing a resolution on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGIE) as well as both UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Clearly stating their support for the recognition of LGBT rights globally.


Below are some resources published by Organizations such as The Human Rights Campaign, The UN amongst others. 

  • HRC Eqaulity Rising Report


    Equality Rising is an overview of the successes and setbacks of LGBT activists, advocates, and allies around the world in 2013.
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