Protection of gay rights to be included in US foreign policy

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US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Protecting the human rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community will become a human rights policy in the US and a foreign policy priority.

That's what US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told delegates in Geneva ahead of Human Rights Day on December 10.

Clinton said US Government agencies overseas will engage in combating the criminalization of gay people, enhance efforts to protect refugees and asylum seekers from the LGBT community, and respond swiftly to abuse against them.

"It is violation of human rights when people are beaten or killed because of their sexual orientation. It is a violation of human rights when governments declare it illegal to be gay, or allow those who harm gay people to go unpunished. It is a violation of human rights when lesbian or transgendered women are subjected to so-called corrective rape, or forcibly subjected to hormone treatments, or when people are murdered after public calls for violence toward gays, or when they are forced to flee their nations and seek asylum in other lands to save their lives.”

Duration: 43''

Mrs. Clinton also announced the launch of a $3 million Global Equality Fund to support civil society organizations working on these issues.

The fund will help defenders record facts, provide education on laws, and train staff.

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