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Ombudsman reiterates defense of the rights of sexually diverse people

This May 17 marks the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

Within the framework of the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, this May 17, the Ombudsman's Office ratifies the commitment to ensure the rights of all people without any type of discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nor of any other type, says a press release from the institution.

The commemoration of this date marked a milestone in the achievement of the eradication of gender-based violence and the discrimination suffered by people with diverse sexual orientations, identities or gender expressions, different from the heteronormative ones typical of a patriarchal and sexist culture.

The Ombudsman's Office, as the body that guarantees the promotion, defense and monitoring of human rights in Venezuela, urges all people, communities and public and private institutions to minimize and completely eradicate phobias, discrimination and inequalities in our country.

This National Human Rights Institution maintains constant support with this population, within the commitments acquired and requested by LGBTQ+ groups, among others, the creation of a Special Delegated Defender with National Competence for the Protection of People of Sexual Diversity, which materialized since 2020, and carries out the work of promotion, defense and surveillance throughout the national territory in its different headquarters, sub-headquarters and municipal defender's offices, carrying out all the work and support within the framework of its constitutional powers.

In terms of promotion, various training and educational activities have been carried out to prevent and eradicate discrimination, as well as inform the reporting mechanisms for possible violations of the human rights of the LGBTIQ+ community.

Achievements

Among the achievements that the Ombudsman's Office has made for the benefit of these groups, the appeal for annulment before the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) stands out, for reasons of unconstitutionality of the second section of article 565 of the Organic Code of Military Justice, which, although no longer in use, could be interpreted as penalizing homosexual relations among members of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB).

It should be noted that the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as with the pacts and treaties signed and ratified by Venezuela, enshrines the right to equality and imposes the obligation of the State to guarantee the legal and administrative conditions so that equality before the law is real and effective, ensuring the inalienable, effective and progressive enjoyment of human rights and protection against all arbitrary discrimination of people.

For this reason, the Ombudsman's Office, in the exercise of the powers conferred upon it by article 281, paragraph 1 and 4 of the Constitution, ensures the effective respect and guarantee of the individual rights of people, regardless of their sexual orientation. gender identity or expression, in order to guarantee the fundamental rights to the free development of personality and equality before the Law, enshrined in articles 20 and 21 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

By virtue of the above, the Ombudsman's Office will continue to promote the fight against discrimination, stigmatization and violence due to sexual orientation, particularly in the areas of education, labor, health and personal safety.

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