Remarks by Shannon Brown, Political Officer of the US embassy to Mongolia at the opening of Mongolia’s first LGBT “Pride Week”

Good afternoon distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.
On behalf of the U.S. Embassy, I congratulate Mongolia on holdings its first Pride Week.  This week represents an important milestone in advancing the rights of Mongolia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.  I am delighted to be here to share in this moment.
The United States and Mongolia share a commitment to democracy and human rights, and to ending discrimination in our respective countries.  In a June 2013 proclamation, President Obama wrote, “We have a long way to go, but if we continue on this path together, I am confident that one day soon, from coast to coast, all of our young people will look to the future with the same sense of promise and possibility. I am confident because I have seen the talent, passion, and commitment of LGBT advocates and their allies, and I know that when voices are joined in common purpose, they cannot be stopped.” 
When I look out at this audience, I see more people joined in common purpose:  government officials, civil society leaders, representatives of international organizations, and ordinary citizens committed to advancing the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Your dedication and your courage are transforming Mongolia and the world, and I am confident that you will be equally unstoppable.
Thanks to you, Mongolia has made important strides in bringing LGBT rights into the national discussion.  The National Human Rights Commission’s most recent report contains an entire chapter on the situation of Mongolia’s LGBT persons.  Based on the Commission’s report, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Legal Affairs in July adopted a resolution to implement international recommendations related to the rights of LGBT people.
Yet more work remains to be done.  The Commission’s report concluded that “negative attitudes and stereotypes are dominant in society because of inadequate knowledge and public awareness of LGBT persons and their rights.”  Events like Pride Week are an important means of educating the public.  The United States is proud to support the LGBT Center project called “A Tolerant and Hate-Free Mongolia,” a one-year project to train 100 police officers nationwide to identify and investigate hate crimes against LGBT persons, to prevent crimes against LGBT persons, and to better communicate with the LGBT community.  I challenge you all, particularly government officials, to work for a Mongolia in which LGBT persons are able to enjoy their human rights fully and without fear.
Again, I offer my congratulations to everyone involved in making Mongolia’s first Pride Week possible.  I commend the organizers for their hard work and thank the donors for their support.  I wish you success over the coming week, and I look forward to our ongoing partnership to work toward an ever-more inclusive Mongolia.
Thank you.

Source:US Embassy to Mongolia
Share:

0 comments:

Post a Comment

Facebook page

Powered by Blogger.

Categories

Advertising in Mongolia An Culture Editorial of the Mongolianviews education Environmental protection Famous Mongolians Foreigners in Mongolia Inner Mongolia Ivanhoe Mines Mongolia agriculture Mongolia analysis Mongolia and Australia Mongolia and Belorussia Mongolia and Cambodia Mongolia and Canada Mongolia and central Asia Mongolia and China Mongolia and Cuba Mongolia and EU Mongolia and Germany Mongolia and Hongkong Mongolia and Hungary Mongolia and India Mongolia and Inner Mongolia Mongolia and Iran Mongolia and Italy Mongolia and Japan Mongolia and Kazakhstan Mongolia and Korea Mongolia and Kuwait Mongolia and Malaysia Mongolia and Nato Mongolia and North Korean Mongolia and Poland Mongolia and Russia Mongolia and Singapore Mongolia and South Korea Mongolia and Taiwan Mongolia and the world Mongolia and Tibet Mongolia and Turkey Mongolia and UK Mongolia and Ukraine Mongolia and UN Mongolia and USA Mongolia and Vietnam Mongolia Banking Mongolia civic society Mongolia crime Mongolia diplomacy Mongolia Economy Mongolia Education Mongolia Energy Mongolia Finance Mongolia Health Mongolia History Mongolia holiday Mongolia in international media Mongolia Industries Mongolia Joke Mongolia law Mongolia LGBT Mongolia medical Mongolia military Mongolia Mining Mongolia Mining Developments Mongolia Mortgage Mongolia natural disaster Mongolia Petroleum Mongolia public announcements Mongolia railways Mongolia Religion Mongolia society Mongolia Sports Mongolia Stamp Mongolia telecommunication Mongolia tourism Mongolia Urbanization Mongolia Wild Life Mongolian Agriculture Mongolian Archeology Mongolian Food Mongolian Gay Mongolian Government news Mongolian History Mongolian Military Mongolian Mining Development Mongolian Movie Mongolian News Mongolian Parliament Mongolian Political news Mongolian Press Mongolian Songs Mongolian Women Mongolian Youth Mongolians abroad Moninfo Opinion Oyu Tolgoi Investment Agreement Photo news Press Release Rio Tinto Tavan Tolgoi coal mine Ulaanbaatar development Weird expatriates in Mongolia

Blog Archive

Followers

Live Traffic