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UN Human Rights Commissioner Releases Int’l Day Against Homophobia Video. Too Little Too Late?

While we’re still waiting for the UN to take action on behalf of the gay men sentenced to hanging in Iran, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has released a video addressing human-rights injustices against LGBT people in advance of  International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17.

Though Pillay doesn’t call out any atrocities by name, she does mention that “in some 76 countries, having a partner of the same sex is a criminal offense.”

Tell us something we don’t know.

Pillay later says “we cannot let these abuses stand. Punish violence and hatred, not love.”.

We agree wholeheartedly, but it’s about time we put some muscle behind that sentiment.

 

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4 Comments

  • JP

    As much as I appreciate that UN is taking a step forward to protect human rights of GLBT, I seriously think that they need to step up their game. Discrimination and violence towards GLBT can be felt everywhere across the world. When will the day come when people will stop sentencing gay men to death and calling us a bunch of sodomites? It would be great if they can do something about asylum seekers who were gay and trying to seek shelter at a democractic and civilised nation. For instance, stop deporting helpless gay men back to their nations where they could face death penalty.

  • jason

    The UN simply releases these feel-good videos and statements but hardly does anything else. It’s a total waste of space. The UN should be be disbanded – all it is is a collection of committees run by despots from third-world countries.

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  • FelixWood

    Er, the UN can’t force issues on to an agenda if the member states are unwilling to discuss them or vote in favour of them. That explains the almost total vacuum of LGBT rights issues within international human rights discourse.

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