Not Sure Whether Your Report Is Important Enough To Make?
'All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood' Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
'All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination' Article 7, Universal Declaration of Human RightsThese fundamental rights and freedoms were agreed with many others at the United Nations more than fifty years ago. The intent was to provide equal rights to every human being. Today, in our communities, in our homes, in our schools, in our workplaces and in our relations with the state, many people, even in this progressive country, do not enjoy these rights and freedoms. Things have improved in the past 50 years, but we are far from being an equal society.
Individual difference often leads to a lack of understanding, mistrust and intolerance. In some cases it can lead to hatred and in many cases it results in acts of discrimination. Human beings are diverse however throughout history the strong have oppressed the weak and those that we donít understand.
Anyone who is openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) will experience discrimination, whether direct or indirect, institutionalised or in personal forms, from those we do not know or from those people who we would otherwise expect support from. Homosexuality has been described as the last acceptable prejudice.
Human rights are enshrined in international law and in the laws of this country. As a human being you have a right to protection against discrimination in all its forms; whether it is a physical attack, verbal abuse, damage to property or exclusion from any of your fundamental human rights.
By not making a report you oppress and discriminate against yourself and all those people who experience discrimination and oppression and nothing changes. By making a report, you are adding your voice to the growing numbers of LGBT people who are standing up for their rights, who are speaking out against oppression and discrimination in all its forms. You are adding a drop of water to a tide of change. Even if you donít want us to take any action, your report is still important. It is important to us and important to all those people who have experienced the harmful effects of prejudice in the past and those who will experience it in the future.
Please make your report today.