Policies

P-13

Protecting LGBTQ2+ Rights and Refugees

Passed

Moved by Young Liberals of Canada

Priority Resolution

WHEREAS LGBTQ2+ refugees fleeing persecution still face a complex array of challenges and threats at all stages of displacement, including discrimination, prejudice, violence, difficulty accessing humanitarian services, and barriers to articulating their protection needs during asylum procedures and other interactions with protection and humanitarian workers;

WHEREAS the Government of Canada has honored international agreements on LGBTQ2+ rights and refugees, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Convention Civil and Political Rights, and the United Nations Convention for Refugees;

WHEREAS the Minister of Foreign Affairs may authorize export permits for items included on Canada’s Export Control List, including military-grade equipment, unless the exports intended use is to commit human rights violations, as per Global Affairs Canada Export Controls;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada encourages the Government to appoint a Minister of LGBTQ2+ Equity, and establishes a Department ‘LGBTQ2+ Equity Canada’, and to proactively provide refuge to LGBTQ2+ refugees fleeing potential persecution because of their sexual orientation or gender identity;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Liberal Party of Canada encourages the Government to work with the United Nations, and national governments to advocate for the establishment of a United Nations Envoy on LGBTQ2+ Rights;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada will encourage the Minister of Foreign Affairs to exercise their responsibility in denying export permits for states determined and identified by the United Nations to have threaten the safety or security of human life because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.