OAS adopts convention against discrimination

by on June 11, 2013  •  In International

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The General Assembly of the Organization of American States has adopted the long awaited Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance, along with a parallel Convention Against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance. The first, more general document, prohibits discrimination in public and private life on numerous bases, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and medical disability, including communicable disease.

The two documents are now open for the member states to sign and ratify.

Earlier in the spring, the OAS Inter-American Juridical Committee released a Preliminary Report on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression that counseled claimants to rely on the existing prohibition against sex discrimination until the new Convention is fully ratified. (Sound familiar?)

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