138 Organizations Have Signed an Open Letter for the Protection of Afghan LGBTQ+ People

In a joint statement posted on the ILGA Asia website, various LGBTQ + advocacy groups called for the protection of women, children and other vulnerable groups in Afghanistan.

On August 15, Taliban fighters seized control of the Presidential Palace in Kabul and the entire country after the president’s ouster. The rapid spread of Taliban power has led to the sudden disintegration of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Political and advocacy organizations have taken an interest in the situation of vulnerable groups in the country, including LGBTQ + people, women and religious minorities.

“We are concerned about Sharia law imposed by the Taliban. It is well known that many women and girls are afraid to participate in public life and are at risk of being banned from school and university. We are saddened by the fact that for decades the advancement of women’s groups has changed suddenly and catastrophically.

Also, we are afraid that LGBTQ people will start being criminalized and persecuted, the Taliban government has made a statement that the death penalty for gay men will be restored. Afghan LGBT people have been living in fear of violence and murder for several years now, and we fear that this situation will only get worse.” –  is said in a public statement.

The letter from ILGA Asia states the following

We call on the Taliban to respect all the human rights enshrined in the Afghan constitution, as well as the international agreements ratified by Afghanistan, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international human rights norms.

We demand that any efforts to quell this political crisis be made in a timely manner.

We call on the international community to provide urgent humanitarian assistance and protect all Afghans.

We call on countries to open their borders and accept refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan. We appreciate Canada’s commitment to accept 20,000 vulnerable Afghans and prioritizing LGBT individuals, women leaders, and other groups. We expect other countries to do the same.

We urge everyone to work together to provide support as much as they can. We call on individuals and groups to make donations and donations to provide emergency funding to LGBTQ + organizations in Afghanistan.

Below is a list of LGBTQ + advocacy groups that have signed this statement:

  1. 6Rang (Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network)
  2. Access Planet Organization
  3. African Trans Network
  4. Aleph Melbourne
  5. All Out
  6. All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)
  7. Alouen
  8. Amnesty International Taiwan Section
  9. Antalya Feminist Kolektif
  10. ASEAN Feminist LBQ Network
  11. ASEAN SOGIE Caucus
  12. Asia Pacific Transgender Network
  13. Asia-Pacific Rainbow Catholics Network
  14. Bangladesh Queer Partnership Platform- EQUAL
  15. Beyond Borders Malaysia
  16. Bisdak Pride, Inc.
  17. Bisexual Alliance Victoria
  18. Boys of Bangladesh (Formerly)
  19. Campaign for Change
  20. CAN-Myanmar
  21. CEDAW Committee of Trinidad & Tobago
  22. Centre for Civil and Political Rights
  23. Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) Malaysia
  24. COC Netherlands
  25. Community Welfare and Development Fund
  26. Covenants Watch
  27. CPCD Studio
  28. Dawei Probono Lawyer Network
  29. Deaf Rainbow
  30. Diversity and Solidarity Trust – Sri Lanka
  31. Diversity Lounge Toyama
  32. Doshisha University
  33. Edge Effect
  34. ELLY Fukui
  35. Equal Asia Foundation
  36. EQUAL GROUND, Sri Lanka
  37. GAYa NUSANTARA Foundation
  38. Gays Without Borders
  39. Helem
  40. Human Dignity Trust
  41. Human Rights Defenders World Summit
  42. ICS Center
  43. ILGA Asia
  44. ILGA World
  45. Iloilo Pride Team
  46. Inclusive Bangladesh
  47. International Service for Human Rights
  48. International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific
  49. Intersex Asia
  50. Intersex Philippines
  51. isha lisha – Haifa feminist center
  52. Ishikawa Conference for LGBT
  53. Iwate Rainbow Network
  54. J-ALL (Japan Alliance for LGBT Legislation)
  55. JEJAKA
  56. Justice for sisters
  57. Kampania Przeciw Homofobii | Campaign Against Homophobia (Poland)
  58. Kanazawa Rainbow Pride
  59. Kaos GL
  60. Korean Sexual-minority Culture & Rights Center
  61. LakanBini Advocates Pilipinas
  62. Legal Dignity
  63. Let’s Breakthrough, Inc.
  64. Lezpa
  65. LGBT Centre
  66. LOUD (Lesbians of Undeniable Drive)
  67. LOVE4ONE
  68. M-coalition
  70. Manushya Foundation
  71. Marsa Sexual Health Center
  72. Matimba
  73. Metro Manila Pride
  74. Midneunfemi
  75. Monsoon Malaysia (MM)
  76. MOSAIC Mena
  77. Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (MOVILH)
  78. Mujer-LGBT Organization, Inc
  79. Namibia Diverse Women Association
  80. Nijiiro Diversity
  81. Noboprobhaat
  82. Nőkért Egyesület (Association for Women), Hungary
  83. NPO Tokyo Rainbow Pride
  84. Oogachaga
  85. Organization Intersex International-Chinese (Oii-Chinese)
  86. Outrage Magazine
  87. Pacific Human Rights Initiative
  88. Palestinian Working Woman for Development “PWWSD”
  89. Pan Africa ILGA
  90. PELANGI Campaign
  91. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita, Selangor (Friends of Women Organisation, Selangor)
  92. Pioneer Filipino Transgender men Movement
  94. Planet Ally
  95. PLUHO (People Like Us Hang Out!)
  96. Pride House Tokyo
  97. PROHAM
  98. Proud Futures
  99. PT Foundation
  100. Queer Voices of Bhutan
  101. Queers4Climate
  102. Rainbow Action Against Sexual-Minority Discrimination
  103. Rainbow Egypt
  104. RainbowJesus (무지개예수)
  105. RFSL (The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights)
  106. Sans Tabous
  107. Sayoni
  108. SEED Malaysia
  109. Seoul Human Rights Film Festival in South Korea
  110. SGRainbow
  111. SHARE, center for Sexual rights And Reproductive justicE
  112. Sisters in Islam, Malaysia
  113. SOGILAW
  115. Success Capital Organisation
  116. Swasti
  117. Taiwan Association for Human Rights
  118. Taiwan Equality Campaign
  119. Taiwan Gender Equity Education Association
  120. Taiwan LGBTQ Family Rights Advocacy
  121. Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBTQ+) Hotline Association
  122. The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK)
  123. The Global Center for LGBTI+ Freedom and Education
  124. The Institute for Studies on Society, Economy & Environment – iSEE
  125. Thorne Harbour Health
  126. Together4Change: DAWOOM
  127. Transgender Equality Hong Kong
  128. Transgender Victoria
  129. Transpiration Power
  130. Trikone Australasia Inc
  131. Tufts University
  132. UP Babaylan
  133. Visayas LBTQ Network
  134. Women Against Rape
  135. Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR)
  136. Youth Voices Count
  137. にじ♡はぐ 石川
  138. ひだまりの会

source: https://www.ilgaasia.org/news/2021/8/18/joint-statement-on-afghanistan


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