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posted Friday, December 8, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 49
North African LGBTIQ activist speaks about Egypt crackdown in New York, December 7, during OutRight Action International's Global Week of Advocacy
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North African LGBTIQ activist speaks about Egypt crackdown in New York, December 7, during OutRight Action International's Global Week of Advocacy

NEW YORK, NY - Since September 2017, over 60 people perceived to be LGBTIQ have been arrested in Egypt. The government has clamped down on the rights to freedom of expression and assembly, even going so far as to banning positive coverage of LGBTIQ people in the media. On December 7 an activist working in Egypt, Azza Sultan, about the persecution of LGBTIQ people in the country and what exactly is happening on the ground, as part of a media roundtable organized by OutRight Action International.

Sultan is also a keynote speaker at OutSummit, the largest LGBTIQ human rights conference organized by OutRight to date, on December 9 at CUNY Law School.

Advocates from Africa, Asia, Latin American and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the United States participating in the press conference and at OutSummit include:

o Azza Sultan - A leading LGBTIQ activist working in the Nile Valley area (Egypt and Sudan). For the first time since the crackdown on LGBTIQ people in Egypt, Azza will be speaking about the situation on the ground.

o Kenita Placide - Caribbean Advisor for OutRight Action International. She is a human rights, HIV and LGBT activist from St. Lucia.

o Georges Azzi - Co-founder of Helem, a Lebanese non-profit organization working on improving the legal and social status of LGBT people, and is the Executive Director of the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality.

o Kimberly Zieselman - An intersex woman, lawyer, and the Executive Director of interACT: advocates for intersex youth, and has more than twenty years of experience in advocacy and nonprofit management.

o Julia Ehrt - Executive Director of Transgender Europe (TGEU) organization. She has been involved in trans activism for more than 10 years. She has considerably shaped TGEU's advocacy work, policy and organisational strategy.

o Neish McLean - The Co-Founder and Executive Director of TransWave Jamaica as well as the HIV Coordinator and Project Manager at Equality for All Foundation Jamaica Ltd (J-FLAG). He oversees TransWave Jamaica's advocacy initiatives that are aimed at promoting transgender health and well-being.

o Ging Cristobal - A lesbian feminist activist since 1997, Ging joined OutRight Action International in 2008 as Project Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific. Ging is one of the co-founders & members of the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, a coalition of LGBT groups in Southeast Asia advocating for the inclusion of SOGI in the ASEAN. The work is focused on issues on police education on LGBTI rights, LGBT migrant workers in ASEAN and legislative advocacy work an ASEAN.

Issues to be highlighted:
o What is contributing the global crackdown on LGBTIQ people?

o Legislative wins and progress for LGBTIQ human rights

The Global Week of Advocacy began on Monday, December 4 and wraps up Saturday, December 9 with a day long conference, OutSummit, which brings together upwards of 150 international and U.S.-based activists for panel discussions and workshops on rights relating to sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex issues.

http://www.outsummit.org/ for details.

About OutRight Action International
Every day around the world, LGBTIQ people's human rights and dignity are abused in ways that shock the conscience. The stories of their struggles and their resilience are astounding, yet remain unknown - or willfully ignored - by those with the power to make change. OutRight Action International, founded in 1990 as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), works alongside LGBTIQ people in the Global South, with offices in six countries, to help identify community-focused solutions to promote policy for lasting change. We vigilantly monitor and document human rights abuses to spur action when they occur. We train partners to expose abuses and advocate for themselves. Headquartered in New York City, OutRight is the only global LGBTIQ-specific organization with a permanent presence at the United Nations in New York that advocates for human rights progress for LGBTIQ people.



https://www.outrightinternational.org/

Courtesy of OutRight Action International

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