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Top UN officials urge countries to tackle violence based on sexual orientation

Top United Nationals officials urged Member States to tackle violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation, adding that countries cannot continue to overlook such grave violations of human rights.

For the first time a session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) was devoted to violence and discrimination of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the 47-member Human Rights Council in a video message that violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation  is a violation of international law.

At least 76 countries have laws that criminalize same-sex relations. These laws are against international human rights laws, said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Ms. Pillay presented a UN study (pdf) documenting disturbing cases of abuse against LGBT people worldwide.

Source: UN News Service, 7 March 2012


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