Maryia Sliaptsova, a second-year law student at EHU, has won a United Nations (UN) student essay contest with her essay addressing the rights of vulnerable groups.
The competition, organized by the UN Country Office in Belarus and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, aims to improve the knowledge and understanding of the values and principles of respect for and protection of human rights among students in Belarus.
Sliaptsova’s paper covered information on the status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights, highlighting gaps in current legislation, presenting examples of violations of these rights, and possible solutions to the problem.
“I chose the topic 'Discrimination of Sexual Minorities in Belarus' for my paper because I consider that even though we can observe general human rights violations in Belarus, there are some vulnerable groups whose rights are not respected not only by the state, but also by Belarusian society. LGBT people are representatives of one such group. It is vital to be aware of the lack of understanding, discrimination, and even the aggression that these people can face at work and at home. Human rights are the same for all people, and discrimination cannot be accepted in any form,” said Sliaptsova.
In total, 64 students from twelve Belarusian universities submitted their essays for the competition.