Peace, justice & security


All over the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people face discrimination and violence. But everyone should be free to be themselves, no matter who they are and who they love. This is why the Netherlands promotes equal rights for LGBTI people worldwide.

Homosexuality is a criminal offence in almost 70 countries, and in some it is punishable by death. LGBTI people are often reluctant to report violence because they are afraid of being recognised as LGBTI. This is why the Netherlands is actively committed to decriminalising sexual orientation and gender identity, fighting discrimination and violence and promoting social acceptance around the world.

In order to achieve these objectives the Netherlands works with other countries in the intergovernmental Equal Rights Coalition (ERC). The ERC is dedicated to the protection of the rights of LGBTI persons and with the business community, for example in the Workplace Pride network. On 17 May, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), we draw attention to the importance of equal rights for LGBTI people.