The UN Human Rights office has released a new video telling LGBT people they are not alone and promising to work for their protection and freedom.
It reminds viewers that 76 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex relationships and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people everywhere continue to suffer violent attacks and discriminatory treatment.
The simple, high-impact video from the UN Human Rights Office, individuals from diverse backgrounds pose questions directly to the viewer designed to expose the nature of human rights violations suffered by LGBT people around the world.
The video includes cameo appearances by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who says: ‘The United Nations has one simple message to the millions of LGBT people around the world… [You are not alone LGBT rights are human rights.]’
High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is also featured.
She states: ‘Every nation is obligated by International Human Rights Law to protect all lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people from torture, discrimination and violence.’
The UN’s message is: ‘Together we will build a world that is free and equal.’
This message must be sent out to the world and endorsed by every government in the world. And it must become part of their foreign policy.
The video should be compulsory viewing in every school. And its message taught as part of every academic curriculum across the globe. We have to make it clear that discrimination and homophobia will no longer be tolerated.
We as LGBT people are not second-class citizens but under international law of human rights entitled to equality, as part of the human race.
For far too long have the governments in the 76 countries highlighted ignored the advice of the United Nations and organizations such as Amnesty International.
The result is the likes of the recent arrest of a gay couple in Zambia, Phil Mubiyana and James Mwape who have been tortured and jailed and who I am now campaigning to release. (You can sign my petition here.)
Though individual countries may have the right to implement their own laws they must also abide with international law.
The time has come, as the world embraces equality through the right to establish in law same-sex marriages (as demonstrated by Brazil, with a 73.6% Catholic population) for the decimation of our fellow LGBTs to stop.
Words are no longer enough. Nor are proclamations and treaties. The countries and governments that do not abide by them must face severe penalties, be held accountable and even be brought before the International Court of Human Rights for crimes against humanity.
For far too long have the powers that be sat idly by and watched and occasionally muttered their disapproval.
It is time for action.
Religious fantastical organizations that are trying to influence African states into discrimination against their LGBT citizens must be stopped and not only labeled as hate groups but also penalized. They must have their assets striped to prevent further interference based on their misguided and dangerous beliefs.
Those organizations and individuals must be exposed for who they are – hatemongers that base their bile on lies.
European nations like Russia, the Ukraine, and Lithuania must also suffer the same consequences and be removed from The European Union or denied entry until they have amended their track record on LGBT human rights.
It is only together that we can establish a world that is free and equal and without prejudice. And the time is now. For we can not sit idly by and watch fellow LGBTs be persecuted, Tortured and killed as has been the case last week in Zambia and Russia.
The transcript of the UN video can be found in Gay Star News’ report. And you can watch the video here: