Σάββατο, 22 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

UN chief calls on Human Rights Council to do more on LGBT rights.


The United Nations secretary general has called for Human Rights Council members to put LGBT rights and women’s rights at the top of their agendas going forward.
Ban Ki-moon
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has told delegates at the opening of the 21st regular session of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva to put women’s rights and LGBT rights at the forefront of the UN’s human rights agenda.
‘I commend the progress made by the Council [in the last year],’ Ki-moon told delegates.
‘In particular, I welcome the groundbreaking, first-ever intergovernmental discussion, in March this year, on discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity.’
‘This should not be a one-time event. I urge you to deepen your engagement on this issue so that protection and dignity truly reach all members of the human family.’
Ki-moon also stressed the importance of supporting women’s rights in fostering a global culture of human rights.
‘We must fight for the rights of women, including their reproductive rights and their political, social and economic empowerment,’ Ki-moon said.
‘Unleashing the power of women will usher in a new era of respect for human rights.’
Ki-moon listed LGBT rights and women’s rights among five ‘clear challenges’ that warranted delegates’ attention.
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