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UN High Commissioner: Punish Violence & Hatred, Not Love

UN High Commissioner: Punish Violence & Hatred, Not Love

Thursday, May 17, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) and this year Care2 is bringing you personal stories from around the world on the fight to eliminate anti-LGBT prejudice and discrimination. For our complete coverage,please click here.


UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thrusday released a video to mark IDAHOT in which she calls on memberstates to decriminalize LGBT identity and demands that they cease denying “universal” rights to citizens based on their sexuality or gender expression.

Watch the inspiring video below:

Here’s the complete text of the video:

All over the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of all ages face harassment and discrimination — at work, at home, at school and in many other everyday situations.

In many countries, national laws are skewed against them. In some 76 States, having a partner of the same sex is a criminal offense. People are being arrested, singled out for physical attack, being tortured, even killed — just for being in a loving relationship.

When I raise these issues, some complain that I’m pushing for “new rights” or “special rights” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. But there is nothing new or special about the right to life and security of person, the right to freedom from discrimination. These and other rights are universal … enshrined in international law but denied to many of our fellow human beings simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

We cannot let these abuses stand. We know what needs to be done. States must repeal discriminatory laws and ban discriminatory practices: punish violence and hatred … not love.

And we should all challenge homophobic attitudes. The best antidote is education — for children and adults alike. Reach out. Talk. Learn. And help make our world safer and better for everyone.

This is an historic moment: more and more States recognize the need for action and are speaking up — including here at the United Nations. With your help and the support of millions of people who believe in universal human rights, we will secure equal rights for every last one of us.


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8:19PM PDT on May 20, 2012

Inspiring. Thanks.

10:35AM PDT on May 18, 2012

Well said.

10:03AM PDT on May 18, 2012

My thanks to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay for the the video. Her statement is what the the world needs to hear GLBTQ rights are human rights and I wish the UN would do more and match the words with aggressive action.
Thanks Steve for posting the awesome video.

6:54AM PDT on May 18, 2012

Hear hear Navi Pillay!
Good to see UN with credibility.

5:46AM PDT on May 18, 2012

thank you for bringing this to our should be on the news daily in my opinion. No one should be discriminated against and bullied in this day and age........shame on us

2:48PM PDT on May 17, 2012

Yes, education is an essential to eliminate the fear deriving from the unknown and perceived different.

2:03PM PDT on May 17, 2012

This is just a jaw-dropping HISTORIC DECLARATION of the United Nations Organization, officially!!!!!!!!!!
As myself a very long-term supporter of LGBT rights, since immediately after Stonewall in the United States {if you remember how far back THAT was!}, this is kindof, well, making my hair stand on end if you must know! In a GOOD way!!!

I mean, when I started, I NEVER, EVER thought a day like THIS would come......
or that I, or anyone I knew, would LIVE to see it anyway......
really, I never thought, we didn't think the UN would find LGBT Rights and Equality "worth" putting forward on their agenda.....
It makes me VERY PROUD of the American President, President Obama, that -- I believe -- this Declaration DOES have very directly to do with coming right after HIS statement on LGBT Marriage Equality. It is part of a RIPPLE EFFECT of that wonderful statement.

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, a not-inconsequential post! has put the full weight of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, behind GAY rights -- that is, that the MORAL AUTHORITY of the UN Declaration, overrides and is in opposition to, the Laws in 76 UN member nations, that criminalize same-sex relations.

This is POWERFUL. This says that the laws of each and every UN member country, should PUNISH VIOLENCE AND HATRED AGAINST LGBT PEOPLE -- that is, Hate Crimes done by ANYone for ANY reason -- and NOT "LOVE" of individuals for one another, no matter what the gender or sexual expression.

1:39PM PDT on May 17, 2012

"This is an historic moment: more and more States recognize the need for action and are speaking up — including here at the United Nations."
At the time of the founding of the United Nations, 1945, no-one, absolutely no-one, would have DREAMED in their wildest dreams, that LGBT rights, and gender-minority rights, would ever be on their agenda. An INCREDIBLE amount of Progress has been made, in little over a half-century!!!

The TREMENDOUS MOMENTUM generated, as the Tide just grows and grows, especially given a boost since President Obama's courageously-principled stand on Marriage Equality, means that there is really no stopping this INTERNATIONAL, WORLD-WIDE Movement.

The opposition is DWINDLING, especially the bigoted "Religious" opposition, as especially the Young People are abandoning the old Churches in droves. An International phenomenon.
Bastions of bigotry still exist; but in essence, what we the Progressive Forces are now engaged in, can be called a "mopping up" operation.

11:03AM PDT on May 17, 2012


10:44AM PDT on May 17, 2012

In less than three minutes this woman has spoken out for the freedom and rights of every human on the planet. We must get past our fear and misunderstandings of those that differ from ourselves. We must work for a better tomorrow TODAY!!!

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