"Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people have the same rights as others"

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights gives pro gay speech.

Thumbs up to Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, who has released a statement in favour of gay rights on the eve of the International Day against Homophobia (which is tomorrow, incidentally).

Hammarberg pointed to the relevance of the Yogyakarta Principles for the protection of LGBT people's basic human rights, and encourages all States to build on them through concrete action.

The Yogyakarta Principles are a universal guide to human rights created in 2006 by a group of international human rights experts after meeting in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Principles outline a set of international legal standards, including issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity, with which all States must comply.

"They promise a different future where all people born free and equal in dignity and rights can fulfil that precious birthright."

Read Hammarberg's statement in full here.

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