IDNOWA in recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, reaffirms our position that the human rights of all persons are universal and indivisible.
All persons are born free and equal with the same inalienable rights, and we condemn any threats to those rights on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirmed the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all.
It deeply saddens us that nearly all countries in West Africa have direct or indirect laws criminalizing homosexuality or LGBT identity.
Many of those working to restrict the dignity and human rights of LGBT people are religious and faith leaders. We ask, what has happened to the teaching of ‘Love Your Neighbour as yourself’?
IDNOWA is particularly concerned about the recent media storm toward the LGBTIQ community and the hostility to this community.
On this, the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, and on all days, we stand together as the LGBT community to declare
- that human rights are universal
- that everyone is entitled to the same respect
- that everyone is entitled to the same freedoms
- that everyone is entitled to the same protections.
And IDNOWA will continue to support fight for and educate until this is accepted by all and for all.