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Advocacy groups petition the United Nations, citing the human rights crisis in Texas

UN Urged to Intervene in Texas Over Alleged LGBTQ+ Rights Violations

Equality Texas, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, and the University of Texas School of Law’s Human Rights Clinic are joining forces to petition the United Nations (UN) over alleged human rights crises in Texas. At least seven laws targeting LGBTQ+ individuals have triggered this call for international intervention, as reported by the Austin American Statesman. 

The 35-page letter of allegations argues that both the federal government and Texas have violated international human rights obligations, specifically focusing on laws passed since 2019. The petition contends that Texas is “disregarding its responsibilities” by enacting legislation that undermines LGBTQ+ experiences and attempts to erase them from public life.

National and state advocacy groups are turning to the United Nations, urging intervention in response to what they deem a human rights crisis in Texas. Highlighting seven laws targeting LGBTQ+ individuals, the coalition, including Equality Texas and the ACLU, signed a 35-page letter outlining alleged violations of international human rights obligations. 

The petition points to legislation affecting privacy, health, education, religious freedom, expression, and equal treatment. Advocates hope the UN will demand Texas repeal these laws, emphasizing the urgency of the situation and the need for international intervention to protect LGBTQ+ rights

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