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Zero Homophobia at the UN

Fundamental rights enshrined in international law should be enjoyed by everyone regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

That's the message of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in a video message for the International Day against Homophobia observed on 17 May.

Charles Radcliffe is chief of the Global Issues Section at the UN Human Rights office in New York.

"This is about non-discrimination. It's not about creating new rights or special rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We're talking about the right to life, the right to freedom from discrimination, the right to education, the right to health. These and many other rights are universal. They are enshrined in international law but they are denied to many people just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. So the High Commissioner's central message is that we all deserve these rights and that states should punish violence and hatred, not love."

Duration: 28″

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