Businesses encouraged to fly rainbow flag for LGBT equality

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05/06/2019

May 17 marks the annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). In an open letter, the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business and Myanmar NGO Colours Rainbow are jointly urging companies in the country to join the hundreds of organisations across the world who will stand up for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality by displaying a rainbow flag. Last year, Colors Rainbow, a local organisation working on LGBT rights, published baseline assessments of the situation of LGBT people at workplaces in Yangon and Mandalay. This identified the societal discrimination faced by LGBT people in Myanmar, from school onwards, and the importance of – and opportunity for – companies putting their anti-discrimination policies into practice. It also showed that many misconceptions exist in Myanmar about homosexuality. In September 2017, the United Nation’s Human Rights Office, in its Free and Equal campaign, published five “Standards of conduct for business” to support the business community in tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people, in line with the UN Global Impact and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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