Posts Tagged 'United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon'

Laws criminalizing homosexuality are incompatible with international human rights standards and fuel homophobia

repost from UNHCR website

Laws criminalizing same-sex relations between consenting adults remain on the statute books in more than 70 countries. They are an affront to principles of equality and non-discrimination and fuel hatred and violence—in effect giving homophobia a State-sanctioned seal of approval. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, and UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon have both called for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality and for further measures to counter discrimination and prejudice directed at those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). In recent months, a series of incidents and developments have underscored the extent and the urgency of the challenge. Continue reading the story.

U.S. Co-Sponsors High-Level Panel on LGBT Rights at United Nations in Geneva

Deputy Assistant Secretary Baer and High Commissioner Pillay engage in High Level Panel on LGBT Rights

Repost from the United State Mission to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva (http://geneva.usmission.gov/)

Discussion focuses on Ending Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons

Photo Gallery

The United States is pleased to have been a co-sponsor of the September 17, 2010 panel discussion “Ending Violence and Criminal Sanctions on the Basis of Sexual Orientation” at the United Nations Office in Geneva during the 15th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The panel brought U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay, and human rights defenders from three regions: Alice Nkom, a lawyer and activist from Cameroon, David Clarke, from the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Guyana and Sunita Kujur, from Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action, India.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent a written message appealing for an end to the criminalization of people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Read the full story here


Stay Informed

Subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 230 other followers

Follow us on Twitter

  • RT @NeelaGhoshal: "Kenya’s High Court has relegated people in same-sex relationships in Kenya to second-class citizenship." Our take on tod…@global_equality 18 hours ago

Categories