The top United Nations human rights official today called leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to review their efforts to produce the region’s first ever human rights declaration, saying there had been insufficient input from civil society and other stakeholders in the document’s drafting.
Sunil Babu Pant, member of Nepal parliament and Director of Blue Diamond Society shares a letter from Navi Pillay, UN OHCHR urging member states to respect individuals who carry documents which denotes their gender as "other." >>>
The world's highest human rights official has paid tribute to the case taken by Tasmanian gay activist, Nick Toonen, to the United Nations in the 1990s which led to the state's laws against homosexuality being over turned. The UN Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay, today released a video looking back at the case as part of a new push from her office to highlight continued discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people around the world. >>>
In a new video released today, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay traces the origins of the gay rights debate at the United Nations, highlighting the critical, early role played by a young Australian gay rights activist called Nicholas Toonen. A link to the video and a copy of the transcript follows below.