UN calls for an end to violence and discrimination of gay and lesbian people

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The United Nations is calling for an end to violence and discrimination directed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity was a grave violation of international law.

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council, Mr Ban said countries must tackle the violence against gay people, decriminalize consensual same sex relationships, ban discrimination and educate the public.

The Secretary General said he was opposed to attempts by some donor countries to link their future international assistance to the respect of gay rights.  

"There is widespread bias at jobs, schools and hospitals, and appalling violent attacks, including sexual assault. People have been imprisoned, tortured, even killed. This is a monumental tragedy for those affected — and a stain on our collective conscience. It is also a violation of international law. You, as members of the Human Rights Council, must respond. To those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, let me say: You are not alone. Your struggle for an end to violence and discrimination is a shared struggle. Any attack on you is an attack on the universal values the United Nations and I have sworn to defend and uphold. Today, I stand with you … and I call upon all countries and people to stand with you, too."

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