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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 […]

Kenya to hold global sexual health summit amid protests

Kenya to hold global sexual health summit amid protests

The United Nations and Kenyan government on Monday came under fire on the eve a global conference on sexual and reproductive health, with Christian groups claiming hosting the event was promoting abortion and homosexuality in the east African nation. More than 6,000 participants – including heads of state, government ministers, financial institutions, donors, and civil […]

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 […]