South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka supports UN fight against homophobiaListen /
The Princess of Africa is calling for more action to stamp out homophobia.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka says lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people should be free to be themselves and should not be subjected to discrimination and violence.
The South African singer was speaking to journalists at UN Headquarters on Tuesday ahead of an interactive discussion held in connection with Human Rights Day, observed annually on 10 December.
"South Africa has taken a lead, but I think something more needs to be done. And I'm actually very proud that my country, being the last one to have its freedom, they have recognized everybody; that they are human beings, it doesn't matter who they are. So I want to say 'Let's fight this war.' Let's stop discriminating. Let's stop killing these people. They are like you and me."
Two years ago, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched an international appeal to end violence and discrimination against LGBT people.
Since then, the Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution on the issue, in addition to hosting an intergovernmental debate earlier this year.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.