Linklaters meets His Eminence, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to discuss LGBT+ discrimination

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At a private audience in the Vatican City with Gideon Moore, Firmwide Managing Partner at Linklaters, parliamentarians, judges and other business leaders, His Eminence, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See (the most senior official in the governance of the Catholic Church), today made a statement condemning all forms of violence against all persons around the world.

Open For Business, a coalition of global companies including Linklaters, making the case that inclusive and diverse societies are better for business and essential for economic growth, sent a delegation of senior executives to the Vatican for this occasion, to represent the business community. In addition to Linklaters, other delegates included senior executives from Accenture, Brunswick Group, Deutsche Bank, EY, IBM, Microsoft and Virgin Atlantic.

During the private audience, the International Bar Association, the International Institute of Human Rights and the United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, presented a preliminary research report on human rights abuses that arise from the criminalisation of same-sex acts in the Caribbean. 

Gideon Moore, Firmwide Managing Partner at Linklaters, said: “It was an honour to attend a private audience with His Eminence, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to discuss LGBT+ discrimination. The research presented by IBA, IIDH and ILANUD on the criminalisation of same-sex acts in the Caribbean, and the associated human rights violations, was truly shocking to read. As part of the Open for Business coalition, we will continue to make the case for greater tolerance, inclusion and equal rights around the world. Diverse societies are better for business and economic growth and I am proud that Linklaters is committed to LGBT equality and inclusion.

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