UN to further advance LGBTI rights during September debate

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Leaders who govern in countries where laws still brutalize or infringe on the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people should be held accountable by the United Nations.

That's according to Shehnilla Mohamed, a Johannesburg-based director for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).

On the margins of last year's General Assembly debate, foreign ministers adopted a declaration pledging to protect LGBTI rights.

They also agreed to counter homophobic and transphobic attitudes in society at large through public education campaigns.

Despite these gains, a recent court decision to overturn the Anti-homosexuality Act in Uganda is once again on the table, she noted.

Ms Mohamed shared with Jocelyn Sambira her hopes that during this year's UN General Assembly debate, there will be pressure on countries with repressive laws to change them.

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