18 April 2017

2015 scholar Erin Aylward recently delivered a statement in response to the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights at a meeting of the Human Rights Council. She spoke on behalf of Allied Rainbow Communities International, an LGBTI NGO. She began by addressing the rise in hate speech and hate violence in the USA following the 2016 election, and rejected any attempts to justify xenophobia or Islamophobia using LGBTI rights. She then discussed how religious and nationalist groups sometimes abuse cultural rights to target those perceived as belonging to the LGBTI community and touched on the phenomenon of states using financial crises or austerity to justify reducing cultural protections.

Read or watch Erin’s full statement here.

Erin Aylward

Erin Aylward (political science, University of Toronto) is analyzing the influence of advocacy and international diplomacy on public opinion and political action in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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