"Huge numbers" of LGBTI people killed and injured around world

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Homage to LGBTI victims of Orlando, Florida attacks, at the US Mission to the United Nations, in New York. Photo: UN Radio/Laura Jarriel

"Huge numbers" of violent hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex people take place around the world, and official statistics are "probably just the tip of the iceberg."

That's according to Charles Radcliffe of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), speaking the day after what the UN Secretary-General described as a "horrific attack" on a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Authorities in the US said on Monday that 49 people had died and 53 were injured during the shooting rampage by a gunman identified as Omar Mateen, a US citizen, of Afghan descent.

Charles Radcliffe told Matthew Wells that the attack bore all the signs of a premeditated hate-crime.

Duration: 4'37"

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