Tag Archive | United Nations

LGBT+ Rights Advocates call Trump’s pledge ‘a lie’

LGBT+ Rights Advocates call Trump’s pledge ‘a lie’

US President Donald Trump pledged this week to help end the criminalisation of homosexuality globally, but LGBT+ rights advocates took a dim view of his speech at the United Nations, accusing him of rolling back protections at home. Trump, in his address to world leaders on Tuesday, said: “We stand in solidarity with LGBTQ people […]

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, […]

Lawyers ask Vatican to denounce criminalisation of homosexuality

Lawyers ask Vatican to denounce criminalisation of homosexuality

(Reuters) – Human rights lawyers and gay rights advocates urged the Vatican on Friday to issue a clear and unequivocal statement against the criminalisation of homosexuality. The request was made at a Vatican meeting two days after the United Nations said Brunei was violating human rights by implementing Islamic laws that would allow death by […]

Kenya: LGBT+ refugees accuse UN of failing them

Kenya: LGBT+ refugees accuse UN of failing them

LGBT+ refugees in Kenya on Friday accused the United Nations of failing to provide adequate shelter and protection, after they were forced to flee attacks at a refugee camp, and relocated to an abandoned school on the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) moved around 200 refugees – mostly from Uganda […]

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.

Ban Ki-moon : Ireland Is A Strong Proponent Of Human Rights, Seen In Marriage Referendum Results

Ban Ki-moon : Ireland Is A Strong Proponent Of Human Rights, Seen In Marriage Referendum Results

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke about Ireland’s Marriage Equality Referendum yesterday (Sunday 24th) as he received the Tipperary International Peace Award, at the Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort. Opening his speech, where he also used the ‘cúpla focal’: “Your Excellency Mr. Charles Flanagan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Martin Quinn, Honorary Secretary […]