Webtalk: Impact of colonialism on LGBTIQ+ people

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When? Tuesday, March 26 2024, 5-6 PM CET

Who? Guillermo Ricalde, ILGA World and Karina Theurer, human rights lawyer

Moderator: Sarah Kohrt, Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation

Where? Online via Zoom

The criminalization of homosexual acts and the imposition of a rigid gender binary are two consequences of colonial history. This is shown in the UN Independent Expert’s report on the impact of colonialism and decolonialization on the continued formation and perpetuation of harmful social mores associated with sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).

Guillermo Ricalde from ILGA World summarizes the UN report and discusses major points and recommendations. Karina Theurer, a human rights lawyer, places the topic in the context of German colonial history and explains international law considerations on reparations with respect to Namibia.

In autumn 2023 the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) published his report on the impact of colonialism on LGBTIQ+ people. ILGA World, a worldwide federation of queer organizations, has given a commentary on the report. Guillermo Ricalde is an expert on human rights, migration and intercultural relations and works for ILGA World in Geneva, including with the UN Special Procedures. Karina Theurer is an expert in international law and teaches human rights enforcement at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

A Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation event in cooperation with ilga world.

As part of the project “Cultures and Colonialism - The struggle for the human rights of LGBTIQ+ in the light of the debate on decolonization” by Hirschfeld-Eddy-Foundation.

The event will be held in English and German, with simultaneous interpretation.

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