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Call for increased respect for human rights of LGBT in Asia

Experts and youth from East and Southeast Asia called on the government and other authorities to protect the human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people during a forum marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) at the University of the Philippines(UP)-Diliman.

LGBT activists emphasized the importance of enacting anti-discrimination laws, particularly in education, health, employment, family affairs, media, community and politics in a public discussion convened by the United Nations Development Programme, United States Agency for International Development and its Regional Development Mission for Asia, and UP.

Panelists presented the impacts of discrimination against LGBT people in education and employment, where LGBT people suffer human rights violations.

“Anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT people are long overdue in many countries,” said Professor Michael L. Tan, Dean of the UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. “They are an essential tool that enables marginalized and discriminated groups to participate in the society on an equal basis as everyone else. This is good for LGBT people and for the societies around Asia.”

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