Paramaribo, 17 May 2023 – In commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, Canada has reaffirmed its commitment to promoting equality and human rights for the LGBTQ+ community. Political Counsellor Ms. Caroline Mireault and Senior Foreign Policy Advisor Ms. Carleen Langford have traveled to Suriname to participate in a series of activities that highlight the importance of inclusion and respect for all individuals.
As part of their visit, Ms. Mireault and Ms. Langford attended a guest lecture held at the Anton De Kom University, focusing on the theme “The role of judicial authorities in guaranteeing the human rights of LGBTQ+ persons.” The lecture, organized in collaboration with Parea Suriname, Projekta Suriname, and the European Union, featured a prominent speaker, Dr. Roberta Clarke, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Rapporteur on Human Rights of LGBTI Persons.
The lecture provided a platform for valuable insights and discussions surrounding the protection and promotion of LGBTQ+ rights within judicial systems. Dr. Roberta Clarke shared her expertise and shed light on the crucial role played by judicial authorities in upholding the human rights of LGBTQ+ individuals. The event aimed to raise awareness, foster dialogue, and encourage collaborative efforts in Suriname to advance the rights and well-being of the LGBTQ+ community.
Canada’s presence at this event signifies its strong support for the LGBTQ+ community and its commitment to working alongside like-minded partners to address issues of discrimination, exclusion, and prejudice. By engaging in meaningful discussions and partnerships, Canada aims to promote a more inclusive and accepting society in Suriname and beyond.
Canada has been at the forefront of championing LGBTQ+ rights globally, and it continues to advocate for equal rights, non-discrimination, and the protection of human rights for all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The country remains dedicated to collaborating with international partners and civil society organizations to create lasting change and support the LGBTQ+ community in Suriname.
During their visit, Ms. Mireault and Ms. Langford will engage in further discussions with stakeholders and local partners to identify areas of collaboration and support for LGBTQ+ initiatives in Suriname. Their visit serves as a testament to Canada’s ongoing commitment to promoting inclusivity, equality, and respect for all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
As the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia is observed worldwide, Canada’s active involvement in Suriname reinforces the message that no one should face discrimination or violence based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Canada stands united with Suriname and other like-minded nations in the pursuit of equal rights and a society free from discrimination.