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12 UN agencies issue unprecedented joint call to end anti-LGBTI violence

12 UN agencies issue unprecedented joint call to end anti-LGBTI violence

Ban Ki-moon.

Twelve UN agencies have issued an unprecedented joint call for countries to end violence and discrimination against LGBTI people.

Tuesday’s (29 September) statement comes as the UN General Assembly of world leaders convenes in New York, and urged the 76 states with laws that criminalize gay sex to repeal them.

‘This is the first time that so many members of the UN family have joined forces in defense of the basic rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people,’ said the UN Human Rights Office’s chief of global issues, Charles Radcliffe.

The statement also highlights the link between human rights abuses against LGBTI people and ill health, family break-up, social and economic exclusion and lost opportunities for development and economic growth.

‘Violence and discrimination against people based on sexual orientation, gender identity and biological sex characteristics violate their human rights and impoverish whole communities,’ Radcliffe said.

‘While the symbolism of this is important, the practical recommendations we are putting forward are more important. We hope this statement can provide a blueprint to Governments, as well as to UN teams on the ground in countries around the world.’

At a high-level event on LGBTI rights on the margins of the General Assembly, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon applauded the agencies for ‘speaking in one voice on this critical issue.’

‘When the human rights of LGBT people are abused, all of us are diminished. Every human life is precious – none is worth more than another,’ he said.

‘This United Nations I lead will never shirk in the fight against discrimination. We will never shy away from protecting the most marginalized and vulnerable people. This is not just a personal commitment – it is an institutional one.’

The joint UN statement on Ending Violence and Discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People was endorsed by the following UN entities:

International Labour Organization (ILO)
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Secretariat
United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF)
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), UN Women
World Food Program (WFP)
World Health Organization (WHO)