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Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

Brunei postpones new penal code that calls for ‘death by stoning’ for gay sex

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Brunei has postponed its planned implementation of its new penal code that includes harsh Islamic punishments that call for the death penalty for numerous offenses, including same-sex sexual activity, and introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature. [ Read more → ]

UN condemns Brunei law that calls for death by stoning for gay sex

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The United Nations Human Rights office has condemned a revised penal code in Brunei which calls for the death penalty for numerous offenses, including same-sex sexual activity, and introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature. [ Read more → ]
United Nations headquarters in New York.

UN conference provokes heated debate on gay rights

Friday, April 11, 2014
UNITED NATIONS -- Many countries at this week's U.N. population conference are objecting to the idea of enshrining the right of women to make their own sexual decisions, fearing it would tacitly condone same-sex relationships, the U.N. population chief said. [ Read more → ]
APSouth African Navanethem 'Navi' Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

UN human rights official: Nigeria’s anti-gay law may harm public health

Thursday, March 13, 2014
ABUJA, Nigeria -- The U.N. human rights chief says Nigeria's new anti-gay law may have "negative consequences" for public health. [ Read more → ]

Aids cuts, loan delays hit Uganda’s economy, poor health sector

Friday, February 28, 2014
KAMPALA, Uganda -- The health project in Uganda for which the World Bank is delaying a loan does not face an immediate shortage of money, an official said Friday, allaying concerns that work to improve maternal and child health services could stall because of the country's new anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Wandera, APUgandan anti-gay activist Pastor Martin Ssempa posts up a public notice offering "rehabilitation" for homosexuals at Uganda’s National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

UN chief demands repeal of Uganda law, Netherlands freezes aid subsidy

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
WASHINGTON -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday demanded that Uganda revise or repeal the law imposing prison sentences for the "crime" of homosexuality, adding to the growing international criticism of the measure signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday. [ Read more → ]
David Goldman, APUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moo, addresses the IOC general assembly ahead of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. It was the first time a U.N. secretary-general delivered a keynote address to the IOC's general assembly.

At IOC assembly, UN chief condemns attacks, discrimination against gays

Thursday, February 6, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned attacks and discrimination against homosexuals on Thursday, touching on the gay rights issue in Russia that has overshadowed preparations for the Sochi Olympics. [ Read more → ]

UN committee on children’s rights urges Russia to repeal gay ‘propaganda’ law

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
GENEVA -- A U.N. committee on children's rights urged Russia on Wednesday to repeal its law banning pro-gay "propaganda" that could be accessible to minors, arguing that the legislation encourages discrimination and even violence. [ Read more → ]
APBan Ki-moon

UN chief to attend Sochi Olympics, give keynote address at IOC assembly

Monday, February 3, 2014
UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will take part in Friday's opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and deliver a keynote address to the International Olympic Committee's general assembly, the first by a U.N. secretary-general, officials said Monday. [ Read more → ]
APBan Ki-moon

United Nations chief alarmed by Nigeria’s new anti-gay law

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is alarmed by reports of the arrest and torture of individuals in northern Nigeria believed to be homosexual and strongly hopes that the constitutionality of the country's new anti-gay law will be reviewed. [ Read more → ]

Sports stars speak out against homophobia at UN Human Rights day

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
UNITED NATIONS -- Former professional basketball player Jason Collins and tennis great Martina Navratilova on Tuesday urged world sports bodies like the International Olympic Committee and FIFA to take gay rights into consideration when awarding major sporting events. [ Read more → ]
APMacklemore and Ryan Lewis

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis join United Nations’ gay rights campaign

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
UNITED NATIONS -- U.S. hip hop artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have joined the U.N. Free and Equal Campaign to encourage greater respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. [ Read more → ]

UN criticized for HIV, human rights event in country that bars entry to gays

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Gay rights activists blasted the United Nations on Tuesday for organizing a book launch in Trinidad to talk about HIV and human rights in the Caribbean, noting the island bars entry to homosexuals. [ Read more → ]

Russian court drops ‘gay propaganda’ charge against lesbian activist

Thursday, October 3, 2013
RYAZAN, Russia -- A ruling by a Russian court last week that dismissed an administrative charge against a lesbian activist under a regional "gay propaganda" law, has been lauded by Russian LGBT activists as a sign that the federal law will eventually be overturned. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]
Vitaly Churkin

Activists confront Russia’s U.N. envoy over anti-gay law

Friday, August 9, 2013
UNITED NATIONS -- Gay rights activists confronted Russia's U.N. ambassador Thursday and tried to hand over a petition with more than 340,000 signatures urging world leaders to help eliminate anti-gay laws in Russia ahead of next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi. [ Read more → ]
APSouth African Navanethem 'Navi' Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

United Nations’ human rights office unveils global LGBT rights campaign

Friday, July 26, 2013
NEW YORK -- Amid a surge of anti-gay violence and repression in several countries, the United Nations' human rights office on Friday launched its first global outreach campaign to promote tolerance and greater equality for lesbians, gays, transgender people and bisexuals. [ Read more → ]

Arab, African delegates walk out on U.N. LGBT rights conference

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
GENEVA, Switzerland -- Delegates from Muslim and African countries staged a massive walkout on Wednesday during an historic UN Human Rights Council debate on gay rights, saying they refused to legitimize same-sex relations. [ Read more → ]

Libya tells UN Rights Council: ‘Gays threaten continuation of human race’

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
GENEVA — Gays threaten the continuation of the human race, Libya’s delegate told a planning meeting of the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, reported the Geneva-based UN Watch monitoring group. [ Read more → ]

Human rights activists make progress in decriminalization of homosexuality worldwide

Friday, December 30, 2011
Continuing a series of posts on the significant developments in the LGBT community in 2011, we saw an increased impact of the work of the UN Human Rights Council, particularly its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process of interrogating country’s human rights records, and other long term work by activists starting to bear fruit in other parts of the United Nations and other international bodies as well. [ Read more → ]

United Nations’ landmark report calls for worldwide decriminalization of same-sex relations

Thursday, December 15, 2011
The United Nations has produced its first ever report on LGBT rights, calling for the decriminalization of same-sex relations between consenting adults, and includes a call for protection and recognition of the self-identified gender of transgender persons. [ Read more → ]

International Gay and Lesbian Association gains United Nations accreditation

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), meeting in Geneva on Monday, voted to grant UN accreditation to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) -- one of the oldest international organizations fighting for LGBT rights. [ Read more → ]

UN passes historic resolution calling for universal rights for LGBTQ persons

Friday, June 17, 2011
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday approved a resolution supporting equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Obama Administration asks United Nations to support LGBT rights

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Obama administration, on Tuesday, introduced a declaration to the United Nations calling for better treatment and protections for LGBT people internationally. [ Read more → ]

United Nations restores ‘sexual orientation’ to anti-execution resolution

Sunday, December 26, 2010
In a follow-up to a story we covered last month, the United Nations last week voted to restore a reference to killings due to sexual orientation that had been deleted from a resolution condemning unjustified executions. [ Read more → ]
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