For those of us who missed it here is the English Translation to motion that was moved following the adoption by the Municipal Council of the City of Geneva of the motion for the launching of a international coalition of cities against homophobia and transphobia, this group aims at gathering informal support for this initiative.
Motion of 3rd November 2010 of Mr. Yves de Matteis, Gérard Deshusses, Jean-Charles Lathion, Salvatore Vitanza, Simon Brandt, Alexandre Chevalier, Gary Bennaim, Pascal Rubeli, Ms. Ariane Arlotti, Maria Pérez, Salika Wenger, Nicole Valiquer Grecuccio, Sarah Klopmann, Anne Moratti Jung, Anne Carron-Cescato,Véronique Latella et Chantal Perret-Gentil
– the fact that more than 76 countries punish homosexuality with emprisonment of several years;– that seven countries punish homosexuality with the death penalty;
– that the mention or denunciation of persecutions, stigmatisation and discrimnations based on sexual orientation or gender identity are, for the moment, nearly absent ininternational fora, including those dedicated to racism, even though the necessity to actis blatant;
– the fact that Geneva is the world capital of human rights, with, in particular, the presence on its soil of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for human rights;
– the fact that an «International Coalition of Cities agains Racisme » was already funded in Nurnberg, in Germany, under the auspices of the Unesco in 2004, coalition of which the City of Geneva is a member;
– the fact that the cities of Amsterdam and Bruxelles as well as Catalogne are already officially supporting the world federation fighting against discriminations based on sexual orientation and gender identity (ILGA – International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Trans and Intersex Association);
– the fact that the Municipal Council had already unanimously adopted, during its 21st January 2008 session, the resolution R-105 entitled «Homophobia: let us also fight against this form of discrimination»,
the Municipal Council invites the Administrative Council :
– to take the initiative of launching an international coalition of cities against discriminations based on sexual orientation and gender identity by contacting :
– international organisations competent in this field (for exemple ILGA);
– cities already aware of those themes (Amsterdam, Bruxelles, the Hague, Mexico, etc.)
– international specialised organisms (the Office of the United Nations HighCommissioner for human rights, UNAIDS etc.) able to give their expertise in order to contribute to the setting up of an international network on the model of the international coalition of cities against racism.