Published April 18, 2017
Europe , foreign policy , Human Rights , LGBT rights , LGBTI Rights
Tags: Bisexual, Chechnya, Gay, Gender Identity, Human Rights, Lesbian, LGBT, Nikki Haley, sexual orientation, SOGI, State Department, UN Security Council, United Nations, USUN
Statement from Ambassador Nikki Haley
We continue to be disturbed by reports of kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and those persecuted by association. If true, this violation of human rights cannot be ignored – Chechen authorities must immediately investigate these allegations, hold anyone involved accountable, and take steps to prevent future abuses.
We are against all forms of discrimination, including against people based on sexual orientation. When left unchecked, discrimination and human rights abuses can lead to destabilization and conflict.
Tomorrow, the United States will lead a first-ever meeting on human rights in international conflicts in the UN Security Council to underscore our commitment to addressing human rights abuses wherever they threaten international peace and security.
Published August 24, 2015
Civil Liberties , United Nations
Tags: Bisexual, Gay, Gender Identity, Human Rights, Iraq, Lesbian, LGBT, sexual orientation, SOGI, State Department, Syria, Transgender, UN Security Council, United Nations
Photo: Lauren Wainwright
Repost from statement issued by U.S. Department of State
Today, members of the UN Security Council held their first Arria-formula meeting on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) issues, particularly in the context of ISIL’s crimes against LGBT individuals in Iraq and Syria. This historic event recognizes that the issue of LGBT rights has a place in the UN Security Council.
Around the world, the UN has documented thousands of cases of individuals killed or injured in brutal attacks simply because they are LGBT or perceived to be LGBT. This abhorrent practice is particularly widespread in ISIL-seized territory in Iraq and Syria, where these violent extremists proudly target and kill LGBT individuals or those accused of being so. No one should be harmed or have their basic human rights denied because of who they are and who they love.
We would like to thank Chile for co-sponsoring this event with us. The United States will continue to raise the plight of targeted LGBT individuals around the world and work to protect their basic human rights.
For more info:
“Timeline of Publicized Executions for “Indecent Behavior” by IS Militias” published by ILGHRC
“First-Ever Security Council Briefing Focuses on LGBTI Rights Abuses” IGLHRC