UN Secretary General urges Africa to respect gay rights

Ban Ki-moon says 'we must not give up' on human rights

UN Secretary General urges Africa to respect gay rights
29 January 2012

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged African leaders to respect the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Speaking at the opening of the 18th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ban told leaders:

'One form of discrimination ignored or even sanctioned by many states for too long has been discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

'It prompted governments to treat people as second class citizens or even criminals.'

Ban continued: 'Confronting these discriminations is a challenge, but we must not give up on the ideas of the universal declaration of human rights.'

Homosexuality is illegal in many African countries, with Uganda making the headlines several times due to their strong anti-gay sentiments.

In 2010 a Ugandan newspaper published pictures of the nations 'top' gay men and women accompanied by a headline demanding that all homosexuals should be hanged.

Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which imposes stiff punishment on people caught in homosexual acts, has received sharp criticism from global leaders and the media. Former South African president Mbeki recently spoke out against the bill saying 'it doesn't make sense at all' while British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will consider witholding aid going to African countries which violate the rights of LGBT people.



No thumbnail available

Magic: The Gathering gets first trans character

Alesha is a badass dragon slayer and a transgender woman
No thumbnail available

US evangelist Franklin Graham claims Marvel Comics is trying to brainwash kids to accept gay ‘destructive lifestyle’

President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is accusing Marvel Comics of trying to brainwash young people
No thumbnail available

'Gay cure' therapy could be banned in UK

A bill seeking to ban gay-to-straight conversion therapy by requiring medical practitioners to register with the government for monitoring has been published in Parliament
No thumbnail available

Singapore gay couple respond to judge's ruling against them

Gary Lim and Kenneth Chee say it is 'disheartening' that judge ruled to retain law which criminalizes gay sex between men in Singapore
No thumbnail available

Pro-gay marriage ad airs in US during Olympic ceremony

Republican Cheryl Pflug speaks out about why she believes gay people should have the freedom to marry in new advert
No thumbnail available

2014 Gay Games brought $52 million to host city Cleveland’s economy, study finds

Kent State University researchers estimate hosting the 2014 Gay Games brought an additional $52 million into the city of Cleveland’s economy, and that’s just the conservative estimate
No thumbnail available

North Carolina pastor makes 'Official Statement of Retraction'

But Sean Harris says he does not apologize for preaching against gay marriage or effeminacy
No thumbnail available

New Zealand trans now able to change gender on passport easily

New Zealand transgender community rejoice in being able to change their gender on their passports by a simple declaration
No thumbnail available

Michelle Visage out of Celebrity Big Brother: Relive 14 of her best bits here

RuPaul's Drag Race star made the final of the UK reality show
No thumbnail available

GSN loves Funny or Die video starring Andrew Rannells

Gay actor and fellow sitcom star Josh Gad find out they have a lot in common