Navajo panel to hold hearing on discrimination

Posted at: 02/17/2014 8:08 AM
By: The Associated Press

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) - A Navajo panel on human rights is inviting tribal members to testify about gender discrimination experienced by women, gays and lesbians in the community.

The Farmington Daily Times reports the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday at the Shiprock Chapter House.

Leonard Gorman, executive director of the Human Rights Commission office, says the commission has received reports from international human rights groups that indigenous women are experiencing a rise in acts of violence.

Gorman says the hearing also wants to address discrimination against bisexual, transgender and queer members.

Gorman says the commission will also take written testimony.

The hearing will runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's the last in a series of public hearings. There were two others in Arizona.

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