Can one justify touting DEI on home soil, while profiting abroad in countries where LGBTQI+ people are criminalized and violently brutalized. Can one continue to operate at all?
Melanie is a policy advisor and country conditions expert who reports and testifies in the U.S. and global immigration tribunals on the conditions for LGBTQI+ people from twenty African countries. She also serves as the executive director for the African Human Rights Coalition, which provides humanitarian, advocacy, legal resources, services and referrals to LGBTQI+ people forcibly displaced by criminalizing and demonizing country conditions. Contact: nathan@africanHRC.org
Current Countries in the News for Harsh Anti-LGBTI Conditions:
Full list of Countries Below:
Country News Blog Here
Country Conditions Asylum Case References HERE
Over 30 countries criminalize LGBTQI+ people with draconian penal codes from the colonial era. Several countries in East and West Africa have either enacted or are introducing harsher legislation proscribing life imprisonment and even the death penalty for LGBTQI+ people.
Nonetheless multinational corporations, to include many which have implemented progressive DEI policies continue to operate in these countries, deriving profit in these anti- human rights environments, and are by virtue of their failure to address these issues, complicit in policies that discriminate, persecute and license violence against LGBTQI+ people.
Full briefings and consultation will answer the questions that this raises for your multinational business, and will also address your organization’s accountability. It will provide insight into how you can impact change to improve these environments and conditions for Africa’s LGBTQI+ communities.
How do we keep our employees safe and not exclude LGBTQI+ employees or contractors
How do we comply with anti-homosexuality laws in the country
How do we show support and solidarity to LGBTQI+ communities
Should we continue to do business in the country of concern
What if the U.S. applies sanctions
Should we issue a public statement
How do we we stop our multi-national corporation from participating in further harms or backlash against the LGBTQI+ community in the country
Melanie Nathan, country conditions consultant for multinational corporations + expert witness for asylum seekers regarding unsafe and anti-LGBTQI+ countries. Contact:
FULL LIST OF COUNTRIES WE CONSULT ON:
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