IDAHO 2012 comes at a crucial time in history when the pendulum clearly is swinging toward full equality for all. However, 76 countries continue to enforce outdated laws that make it illegal to be LGBT.
Navi Pillay emphasized that protecting human rights is a central element to effectively combat the epidemic as ending discrimination against vulnerable populations will lead to a more inclusive approach when implementing and monitoring HIV policies and programs.
The groundbreaking UN report on the global violence and discrimination against LGBT people is the most high-powered document ever created in naming a problem that many people would rather just go away or at least not surface to the light of the public domain.
Now the hard work begins. How will the United States achieve its goals? How will homophobic nations react? Will diplomacy and foreign assistance work to achieve equal rights on a global scale? Will an international dialogue on global gay rights now begin in earnest?
The database is seen as a key resource in supporting advocacy work and protecting the human rights of individuals detained for their political, religious, or other beliefs or because of their ethnic origin, sex or sexual orientation.