Video recordings from the 'LGBTI Human Rights in the Commonwealth' conference are now available to watch online.
The conference was held at the University of Glasgow in July 2014 to coincide with the opening of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with the aim of discussing the challenging environment faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people in Commonwealth states. The conference was led by Scotland's Equality Network in partnership with the Kaleidoscope Trust, Pride Glasgow and Glasgow Human Rights Network. It drew speakers from across the Commonwealth, and involved a range of activists, policy-makers and organisations in discussion of how to improve the human rights for LGBTI people in Commonwealth states, and the role of Commonwealth institutions themselves.
Prominent speakers included Fiona Hyslop MSP, the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Dr Frank Mugisha, Executive Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, Dr Purna Sen, former Head of Human Rights at the Commonwealth Secretariat and Chair of the Kaleidoscope Trust, Silvan Agius, Policy Coordinator (Human Rights) of the Government of Malta, Bisi Alimi, LGBT/HIV advocate and lecturer from Nigeria, and Monica Tabengwa, human rights defender and activist from Botswana.
The conference produced a statement calling on Commonwealth governments and institutions to act on LGBT rights.