Tag Archive | UN Human Rights Council

UN expert calls for global ban on ‘cruel’ conversion therapy

UN expert calls for global ban on ‘cruel’ conversion therapy

A top UN expert urged global governments on Monday to ban the “degrading” practice, known as conversion therapy, which aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The call came as new United Nations research said the widely discredited treatment was used in at least 100 countries, despite no scientific evidence that sexual […]

China urged to take action on LGBT+ rights after backing UN changes

China urged to take action on LGBT+ rights after backing UN changes

China’s acceptance of the UN Human Rights Council’s recommendations on LGBT+ rights is a “milestone”, gay rights groups said on Thursday, urging Beijing to work with activists to tackle inequality. China this week agreed to five recommendations on LGBT+ issues made under the Council’s Universal Periodic Review, including adopting legislation banning discrimination within a year, […]

UN General Assembly approves Chile’s Bachelet as human rights High Commissioner

UN General Assembly approves Chile’s Bachelet as human rights High Commissioner

(Reuters) – The United Nations General Assembly approved on Friday the appointment of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as the world body’s new human rights chief. UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, announced the appointment of Bachelet on Wednesday. She will replace Jordan’s Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, who is stepping down at the end of the month after […]

UN envoy wants global ban on ‘barbaric’ conversion therapies

UN envoy wants global ban on ‘barbaric’ conversion therapies

Banning the “barbaric” practice of giving people electric shocks and injections to “cure” them of homosexuality is a key priority, the UN envoy on LGBT rights has said. Despite global gains in LGBT rights, many gay people are still forced to undergo invasive therapy based on the idea that homosexuality is a mental disorder or […]

Uzbekistan’s human rights record to be reviewed by Universal Periodic Review

Uzbekistan’s human rights record to be reviewed by Universal Periodic Review

Uzbekistan’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 in a meeting that will be webcast live. Uzbekistan is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session […]

UN Human Rights Council: LGBT Monitor Vitit Muntarbhorn Resigns

UN Human Rights Council: LGBT Monitor Vitit Muntarbhorn Resigns

Vitit Muntarbhorn, an international law professor from Thailand and the first-ever United Nations (UN) Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, has resigned effective October 31. In a September 8 letter to the UN Human Rights Council, he regretfully cited illness and family obligations as the reasons […]

UN Makes History on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

UN Makes History on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

UN human rights body establishes an Independent Expert In a defining vote today, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on “Protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation, and gender identity”, to mandate the appointment of an Independent Expert on the subject.

Marking international observance, UN declares ‘Every day is Human Rights Day’

Marking international observance, UN declares ‘Every day is Human Rights Day’

The universal reach of human rights should not be restricted to one day alone but extended to every day of the year, top United Nations officials declared yesterday as they marked Human Rights Day – an annual UN-backed event commemorating the date on which the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Spearheaded […]

Cameroonian LGBT Activist Tortured and Killed

Cameroonian LGBT Activist Tortured and Killed

A Cameroonian journalist and LGBT activist has been found dead in his home last Monday evening, having been tortured with burns to his face, hands and feet. His neck and feet had also been broken. Eric Ohena Lembembe was involved with many LGBT campaigns and media, both in his native Cameroon and abroad, as well as […]