Carr signs pledge on LGBTI rights
Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr has signed a pledge on behalf of the Labor Party to uphold LGBTI rights through foreign relations.
The pledge, organised by UK based international LGBTI rights organisation the Kaleidoscope Trust, reads:
“We make this solemn pledge our support to the furtherance of LGBTI rights as a strong component of wider human rights.”
The signing of the pledge follows the announcement in July that LGBTI rights are a core foreign policy priority for the Rudd government.
Douglas Pretsell speaking for the Kaleidoscope Trust in Australia said, “We are especially pleased that the Labor Party has signed our pledge to uphold LGBTI human rights in foreign policy.
“This comes on top of pledge signed by the Greens a fortnight ago. We are still hopeful that others will make similar commitments.”
Many countries around the world still impose criminal penalties for consensual sex between men; in the Asia Pacific region that includes Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga, Brunei, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore, among others.
“Kaleidoscope Trust Australia will be working with the future Australian government to support the furtherance of LGBTI rights in the Asia Pacific region and in the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November,” Kaleidoscope Trust executive director Lance Price said in a statement.
“Australia has an important role to play and we value the commitment of Australian political parties to our campaign to repeal all legislation that criminalises people because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.
“Kaleidoscope Trust is seeking to support future Australian governments in this endeavour.”