iSEE’s call for Vietnam’s support to resolution on LGBT

On January 7th or June 30th 2016, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations will vote for a “resolution on the protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual trends and gender identity”. As a member of the Human Rights Council, Vietnam has a good opportunity to express the consistent view of supporting equal rights for gays, bisexuals and transgender.

The Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE), ICS Center and PFLAG Vietnam sent a letter calling to the Permanent Mission of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in Geneva this issue.

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To: Mr. Nguyen Trung Thanh, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Head of Delegation of Permanent Representative of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in the United Nations

Cc: Department of InternationalOrganizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

From: Tran Khac Tung, Director of the ICS Center

Ms. Luong Minh Ngoc, Director of The Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE)

Dinh Thi Yen Ly, Chairman of parents and relatives of homosexual, bisexual and transgender Vietnam (Vietnam PFLAG)

Subject: Call for Vietnam to support “the Resolution on Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual trends and gender identity” in the 32rd Discussion Session of the Human Rights Council

27 May 06 2016

Dear Ambassador Nguyen Trung Thanh,

We include ICS Center, The Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) and PFLAG Vietnam, non-profit organizations operating in Vietnam for the rights of gays, bisexuals and transgender (or “LGBT” for short).

We call on the support of the Vietnam delegation at the United Nations as a member of the Human Rights Council to promote “the Resolution on violence and discrimination based protection against sexual orientation and gender identity” in the 32rd discussion session of the Human rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. (13/6 -01/7/2016)

In recent years, Vietnam has consistently supported LGBT people with issues related to freedom and discrimination. We voted for a resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity (A / HRC / RES / 27/32), approved the recommendation of Chile to have an anti-discrimination law, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity in the second Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Vietnam also made some progress within the country such as legalized transgender in the Civil Code.

The resolution is about to be adopted in the coming days is an important effort by the international community to establish an Independent Expert on the issue of violence and discrimination based on trends sexuality and gender identity. This is a necessary step after the Resolution 27/32 in 2014. Since then, the opportunity to discuss and share experiences between countries has become increasingly open. That is highly useful in promoting the rights of LGBT people in Vietnam and around the world.

We, the LGBT community in Vietnam and around the world, are expecting and urging the delegation of Vietnam in UN to reaffirmed Vietnam’s consistent viewpoint in protecting the equal rights of LGBT people, by way:

– Vote in favor of the Resolution as drafted in proposals in the upcoming session.

We are also ready to support with any information or experiences when requested.

We would like to thank and look forward to welcoming the success of this historic Resolution.