Kyrgyzstan: UN rights experts urge Parliament to withdraw anti-gay bill

A group of United Nations human rights experts have urged the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to reject a bill that would introduce criminal and administrative sanctions for acts aimed at forming “a positive attitude towards non-traditional sexual orientation,” warning that the proposed law would go against the country’s human rights obligations and commitments.

UN rights chief criticizes legal amendment in Gambia targeting homosexuals

The top United Nations human rights official today criticized a recent amendment to the criminal code of The Gambia that creates a broad and vague offence of “aggravated homosexuality” punishable by life imprisonment, and expressed alarm at reports of a wave of arbitrary arrests and detention of individuals perceived to be homosexual in the country.

UN welcomes Malaysia’s court ruling to decriminalizes transgender women

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today welcomed the recent judgment by the Court of Appeal of Malaysia that declared unconstitutional the criminalization of Muslim transgender women for cross-dressing.

UN chief hails Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst’s ‘powerful message’

As part of a visit to mark the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Vienna International Centre today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was among those treated to a performance by Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst, calling her win earlier this year an “electrifying moment of human rights education.”

Singapore edict criminalizing same-sex relations ‘missed opportunity’ – UN rights office

The United Nations human rights office today expressed regret over a recent Singapore Supreme Court ruling to uphold a law criminalizing consensual same-sex relations between adult men, calling the directive a “missed opportunity” to strike down the law.

Kyrgyzstan: UN urges country to scrap draft law violating rights of LGBT people

The United Nations human rights office today called on the Kyrgyz Parliament to refrain from passing draft legislation that would discriminate against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people.

Ban says world must press ahead on equal rights for LGBT community

Bringing homophobia and transphobia to an end is “a great human rights cause,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, adding that the fight against discrimination “lies at the core of the mission of the United Nations.”

Annulment of Uganda’s anti-homosexuality law hailed by UN officials

United Nations officials have welcomed the decision of the Constitutional Court of Uganda to annul the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, hailing it as a victory for the rule of law and social justice.

UN warns against inciting hatred after Ugandan newspaper publishes names of gays

The United Nations human rights office said today that the publication by a Ugandan newspaper of the names and photos of people it claims are homosexual violates basic rights to privacy and dignity, and called on media outlets to refrain from actions that fuel hatred and violence.

New anti-homosexuality law in Uganda violates basic human rights, stress UN officials

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay have spoken out against the anti-homosexuality law signed into force today in Uganda, saying it violates basic human rights and endangers lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the country.