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Countries call on U.N. member states to end anti-LGBT discriminiation

Monday, September 30, 2013

UNITED NATIONS — A group of 11 countries called on U.N. member states to repeal laws that discriminate against gay, lesbian and transgender people, in the world organization’s highest-level meeting on the issue ever.

UN-Free-and-Equal“Those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender must enjoy the same human rights as everyone else,” said the declaration of the LGBT Core Group, which includes the United States, Japan, Israel and eight European and Latin American nations.

Called Free & Equal, it’s an unprecedented effort by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to change public attitudes around the world on issues that have bitterly divided the U.N.’s own member states.

“Advancing equality for LGBT persons isn’t just the right thing to do,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in his statement at the meeting. “It’s also fundamental to advancing democracy and human rights.”

In this video, Free & Equal captured statements by several attendees, who included the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kerry, and the Argentine, Brazilian, Croatian, Dutch and Norwegian foreign ministers, as well as senior officials from the European Union, Japan and New Zealand, and the directors of Human Rights Watch and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.

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The following day, Gambia president Yahya Jammeh used his address to the United Nations General Assembly to attack gays and lesbians, calling homosexuality one of the three “biggest threats to human existence.”

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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14 more reader comments:

  1. Start with that fuckwad from Gambia maybe?

    Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 9:09pm
  2. Sadly, more people are more obsessed with spreading their hate at Guido Barilla.

    Replied on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 9:16pm
  3. So how about we start right here in our own Country. Yes we are making strides but we are still not there yet.

    Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 9:09pm
  4. Are Uganda, Gambia and Russia participating?

    Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 9:10pm
  5. How can we pretend to lead the rest of the world when we have no rights in our own country? The South will never give us equality until it is forced to do so.

    Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 9:11pm
  6. Awesome.

    Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 10:05pm
  7. How do they expect this to happen when almost all the countries that prescribe death or imprisonment for simply being gay are UN Member states. How are we supposed to tell these theocracies to give full rights when one of the supposed “leaders” of equality, the US, refuses to give full equality for the same reason– a religious argument.

    Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 10:14pm
  8. The Universal Declaration on Human Rights is,being violated!!!!

    Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 11:44pm
  9. Good move!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 1:37am
  10. what about children of LGBTI?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 4:41am
  11. So like this IS really gonna happen… when pigs grows wings and fly.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 5:22am
  12. wheres is CANADA in this , shame .

    Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 5:24am
  13. guido barilla are behind those laws!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 5:24am
  14. good luck…

    Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 11:13am