International Update - suriname

Action urged despite religion


Human Rights Watch’s Boris Dittrich reports a conversation among parliamentarians and NGOs during Pride month activities.

A couple of parliamentarians said in response to questions about changing pension laws to make them fairer to people in same-sex partnerships, saying society is not yet ready for equal rights. Dittrich says: This answer did not sit well with representatives from the many groups that attended, who pointed out that human rights are universal.

“LGBT people are humans too!” one person said.

Other parliament members chimed in, several making the argument that the first step should be to create public understanding of LGBT issues and tackle religious opposition. “Once we have created broad support then we can legislate,” one said. Many fingers went into the air to respond, a lively discussion ensued.


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