UN issues first report on human rights of gay and lesbian people

The first ever UN report on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people details how people are killed or endure hate-motivated violence, torture, detention, criminalization and discrimination because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

Homophobic bullying represents grave violation of human rights – Ban

Homophobic bullying of young people constitutes a “grave violation of human rights,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging States to take the necessary measures to protect their citizens from violence and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity

Migiro calls on nations to continue fight against racism and xenophobia

Countries must boost their efforts to combat systematic discrimination, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today while urging States to continue to combat racism, xenophobia and intolerance.

UN expert urges Bulgaria to turn Roma policies into concrete action

The independent United Nations expert on minority issues today called on Bulgaria to turn its policies on Roma integration into concrete action by dedicating the financial resources necessary to improve the living conditions of this group that she said remained in desperate circumstances and totally marginalized.

UN agencies urge renewed efforts to end practice of ‘son preference’

Five United Nations agencies have banded together to call for urgently addressing gender-biased sex selection favouring boys, a common practice in many parts of South, East and Central Asia that they say fuels a culture of discrimination and violence.

UN panel urges Portugal to gather data on Afro-descendants to address discrimination

A group of United Nations independent experts today urged Portugal to gather detailed and reliable information on conditions for people of African descent in the country, saying the absence of such data made it difficult to recognize discrimination and its various manifestations.