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