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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 […]

Kenya: Gay refugee found dead at UN refugee office

Kenya: Gay refugee found dead at UN refugee office

A gay refugee in Kenya was found dead outside the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) office in Nairobi on Monday, in an apparent suicide, Kenyan police and LGBT+ refugees groups said. Police spokesman, Charles Owino, said the body of a 25-year-old Ugandan national was found outside the UNHCR office, in the affluent Westlands suburb early […]

COVID-19: UN Warns Against Human Rights Abuses During Emergency

COVID-19: UN Warns Against Human Rights Abuses During Emergency

UN human rights experts* have urged States to avoid overreach of security measures in their response to the coronavirus outbreak and reminded them that emergency powers should not be used to quash dissent. “While we recognise the severity of the current health crisis and acknowledge that the use of emergency powers is allowed by international […]

UN envoy urges Latin America to tackle attacks on LGBT+ rights

UN envoy urges Latin America to tackle attacks on LGBT+ rights

Some conservative politicians and churches in Latin America are inciting hate speech against LGBT+ people, fuelling a roll back on legal gains, a United Nations special envoy said on Thursday. Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the UN’s independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, criticised lawmakers who believe it is a “good investment” to speak out against […]

Ghana: Sex education programme sparks anti-LGBT+ outrage

Ghana: Sex education programme sparks anti-LGBT+ outrage

Government and UN officials in Ghana were forced to defend a school sex education programme on Tuesday, after religious groups said it was part of a “satanic” attempt to promote LGBT+ values. The National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, said on radio and Facebook that 6 was too young to start […]

Luxembourg: Openly gay PM says everyone has a duty to challenge hate speech

Luxembourg: Openly gay PM says everyone has a duty to challenge hate speech

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, told the United Nations on Tuesday that as an openly gay politician he could not accept hate speech, and everyone had a duty to challenge it. In what advocates said was the first speech at the UN by an openly gay world leader on LGBT+ rights, Bettel called on world […]

UN: More urgency needed in AIDS fight as funding fades

UN: More urgency needed in AIDS fight as funding fades

(Reuters) – The global fight against AIDS is stalling due to lower investment, marginalised communities missing vital health services, and new HIV infections rising in some parts, the United Nations warned on Tuesday. Global funding for the AIDS fight dropped off significantly in 2018 – by nearly $1 billion – as international donors gave less, […]