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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 […]

Britain vows to end gay conversion therapy as survey reveals ‘burning injustices’

Britain vows to end gay conversion therapy as survey reveals ‘burning injustices’

The British government pledged to end gay conversion therapy on Tuesday as it set out plans to improve the lives of LGBT people, after a national survey found many experienced discrimination and prejudice. Prime Minister, Theresa May, said the 75-point plan aimed to deliver lasting change and address the “burning injustices” faced by LGBT people […]

Senior UNAIDS official latest to go after sex harassment allegation

Senior UNAIDS official latest to go after sex harassment allegation

The deputy head of the U.N. agency for HIV/AIDS will not seek to renew his term in office though it is not reasonable to link his departure to a sexual harassment allegation that proved unsubstantiated [‘insufficient evidence’ is not equal to ‘unsubstantiated’, which was the actual IOS finding – MKB Ed. EILE] a spokesman said […]

Veterans of The Siege Of Jadotville Presented with Medals for Bravery, and Congratulations from Actors Who Played Them

Veterans of The Siege Of Jadotville Presented with Medals for Bravery, and Congratulations from Actors Who Played Them

The real veterans of A Company 35th Battalion, 157 Irishmen who withstood an attack by 3,000 soldiers of the Katanga Gendarmerie troops loyal to the Katangese Prime Minister, Moise Tshombe, while on a UN peace-keeping mission in the Congo in 1961, were awarded medals for bravery yesterday, at the Irish Army’s Custume Barracks in Athlone. Unfortunately, their commander, […]

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 […]

Russia blocks UN council bid to thank Ban Ki-moon for gay rights work

Russia blocks UN council bid to thank Ban Ki-moon for gay rights work

Russia prevented the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday from thanking outgoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon specifically for promoting gay rights during his decade in office, diplomats said. The 15-member council met to pay tribute to Ban, who will step down later this month. Being gay is a crime in at least 73 countries, the U.N. […]

African states bid to stop work of U.N. gay rights investigator

African states bid to stop work of U.N. gay rights investigator

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – African states launched a bid at the United Nations on Friday (November 4) to halt the work of the first U.N. independent investigator appointed to help protect gay and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council, based in Geneva, created the position in June, and […]