LGBT Forum - Day Two - Salzburg Global Fellows in High-Level Meeting with German Minister for Human Rights

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May 20, 2014
by Sudeshan Reddy and Klaus Mueller
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LGBT Forum - Day Two - Salzburg Global Fellows in High-Level Meeting with German Minister for Human Rights

Strengthening human rights - including LGBT rights - is a high priority for German Ministry of Foreign Affairs says commissioner German Human Rights Commissioner Christoph Straesser welcomes the Global LGBT Forum to Berlin

Christoph Straesser, the German Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid, met the Global LGBT* Forum at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, May 19 in Berlin. 

Having commenced his work in January 2014 in this position, the Commissioner gave a clear message:  “Strengthening human rights across the world is a priority of Germany’s foreign policy. To achieve this goal, building sustainable networks of human rights defenders is of course of central importance. These can be formalized networks in the form of human rights organizations like those that many of you represent, but also more fluid networks, such as the one you are building with the Global LGBT Forum.” 

He explained that the German Federal Foreign Office decided to support this growing network as it “allows a multitude of stakeholders, including Foreign Services, to join and participate on an ad hoc basis, in accordance with their own financial or time-related resources.”

For his work, this “facilitates the flow of information and in turn the choice of support measures which actors wishing to support the human rights of LGBTI persons in the world make.” 

Mr Straesser expressed his hope that the exchanges over the next two days will provide an opportunity to discuss these issues and that the Global LGBT Forum “will be able to provide the Ministry with a deepened insight into your work and thus assist them in choosing the right measures of support, and that the Ministry will be able to provide the Forum with information that will be helpful in the design of strategies to promote the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons through your work.” 


The Salzburg Global Fellows in Berlin, with the support and partnership of the German Federal Foreign Office, are taking part in the high-level program Creating Long-Term Global Networks to Sustain LGBT Human Rights Organizations and will be conducting meetings with the German Foreign Office, representatives of foreign embassies, human rights groups, and other select partners. For daily updates and Tweets, please see the session page: www.salzburgglobal.org/go/545 and the Twitter hashtag #SGSlgbt

* Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. We are using this term as it is widely recognized in many parts of the world, but we would not wish it to be read as in any way exclusive of other cultures, terms or groups.