LGBTI

LGBTI discrimination still pervasive ‘in every region of the world’: UN rights expert

Discrimination and violence towards members of the LGBTI community continues to be pervasive in every region of the world, with same-sex marriages still considered a crime in 69 countries. 

That’s from Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, who presented a new report to the General Assembly last week outlining how negative notions of LGBTI people manifest, and how best to stop them

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Shadows of exclusion, social stigma, darken road to sustainable development

Discriminatory laws cast “long shadows” of exclusion, subordination and social stigma, and we must commit to breaking down the barriers these laws can create, to embrace “inclusivity”.  That’s according to Justice Edwin Cameron, appointed by Nelson Mandela as the first openly gay Judge on South Africa’s Constitutional Court, and widely seen as a hero for his fight to end all forms of inequality and exclusion.

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World Pride underscores that all people are born ‘free and equal’ in dignity and human rights

The empowering message straight from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and human rights" resonated on Sunday from UN-GLOBE members who participated in the World Pride parade in New York City.

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Disability inclusion, minimum wage, and LGBTI rights in Botswana

This Tuesday, we cover: a new strategy for disability inclusion; continued talks on social justice at the international labour conference; an update on Yemen; a historic Security Council resolution on missing persons in conflict; and same-sex rights in Botswana. 

Friday’s Daily Brief: Syria, Yemen airstrikes, Anti-torture panel, Gay rights, Climate change, #Vesak Day

On Friday, we cover: Fighting in Syria’s Idlib province; UN condemnation of airstrikes in Yemen; UK’s forced-return policy; LGBTI rights; the UN chief’s climate action trip to Tuvalu; and Vesak Day.

News in Brief 17 May 2019

  • Condemnation as deadly Yemen airstrikes claim children’s lives in capital Sana’a
  • Justice for LGBTI people is still far from guaranteed, says UN on International day
  • UK’s forced returns policy highlighted by UN anti-torture panel
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Violence against the LGBTI community: UN focuses on ‘need to challenge hatred’

As the United Nations celebrates 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a high-level event on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary killings of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) persons around the world, heard event moderator and Executive Director of OutRight Action International, Jessica Stern, describe the challenges facing the community as nothing short of a “global crisis”.

News in Brief 26 January 2018 – Geneva

Gunfire reportedly used against migrants off Yemen

Outrage and sadness have been expressed by UN agencies, after 30 migrants and refugees drowned off the coast of Yemen.

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UN Gender Focus: Protecting LGBTI defenders in Honduras, justice in Afghanistan, and raising awareness of children in armed conflict

Experts call for more action to protect LGBTI defenders in Honduras

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More protection needed for LGBTI defenders in Honduras

Authorities in Honduras are being urged by UN human rights experts to do more to protect activists who defend the rights of sexual minorities in the Central American country.

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