France has created a support fund which will be used by its embies to defend the rights of LGBT + people around the world, Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna announced on Monday. on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the United Nations LGBTQI Group.
“It was the first time that a French Minister of Foreign Affairs participated in this group,” said spokesperson Anne-Claire Legendre. The fund is endowed with 2 million euros “so that our embies support those who defend the rights of LGBT+ people on a daily basis and all over the world, sometimes at the risk of their lives,” she said.
An ambador for LGBT rights
France also reiterated on Monday “its commitment to the universal decriminalization of ity and the defense of the rights of LGBT + people” and “condemns the acts of violence and hate speech to which they are the subject. » She had appointed in the fall of 2022 an ambador for LGBT rights, Jean-Marc Berthona first in the history of French diplomacy.
On its page, the UN reminds that even today, in 77 countries “discriminatory laws criminalize private and consensual relations between people of the same sex – exposing individuals to the risk of being arrested, prosecuted, imprisoned – or even, in at least five countries, to death sentence. »