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Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay
UN faces ‘huge resistance’ on LGBT issues but pledges ‘no exceptions’ on rights

in WORLD, 27/09/2013

The UN faces ‘huge resistance’ from governments around the world over LGBT issues but says no-one should be left behind on human rights. The comments come from Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay in a new United Nations video about their LGBT Free and Equal Campaign.

The video also features Archbishop Desmond Tutu who says: ‘Together we can build a world that is free and equal.’

But Pillay warns it will be a tough struggle. She says: ‘In more than a third of the world's countries consensual same-sex conducts remains a criminal offence.
‘As I travel around the world meeting with governments in many countries I find not only a lack of knowledge on the part of government officials but huge resistance to acknowledging the human rights of LGBT people.

‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights promises a world in which everyone is born free and equal in dignity and rights. No exceptions, no one left behind.

Watch the video here

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