UN Chief "seriously concerned" about Uganda's anti-gay law

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The signing into law of an anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda could fuel prejudice and encourage harassment and violence against gay, bisexual and transgender persons.

The UN Secretary-General added that the law could also obstruct effective responses to HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon said he hoped the law could be revised or repealed at the earliest opportunity.

He offered the support of the United Nations for constructive dialogue to change the legislation.

The Secretary-General also urged the Government to protect all people from violence and discrimination.

All human beings are all born equal in dignity and rights, he emphasized, as embedded in the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Ugandan Constitution.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 49″

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