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UN Sec Gen advocates for gays in Africa

Timothy Kincaid

February 27th, 2012

Sometimes you learn things through the most round-about ways. For example, it is in an article about the Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD), a Zambian peace, security and democracy organization, that I learned the following:

During a meeting with former President Kenneth Kaunda, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called for countries to recognize and respect homosexuality.

I had no idea that Ban had spoken with African presidents about respecting their gay citizens.

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Stefano A
February 27th, 2012 | LINK

In his remarks to the Summit of the African Union on 29 January he had called on the leaders gathered in Ethiopia to end LGB discrimination. At that time he said:

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a promise to all people in all places at all times.

Let me mention one form of discrimination that has been ignored or even sanctioned by many States for far too long … discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

This has prompted some governments to treat people as second-class citizens, or even criminals.

Confronting this discrimination is a challenge. But we must live up to the ideals of the Universal Declaration.

The International Criminal Court has proven to be an increasingly effective tool in standing against impunity and extending the reach of international human rights law.

Let us wish its new chief prosecutor well … an African woman, Fatou Bensouda of Gambia, is the new face of international justice.

Ki-moon has been pretty consistent in speaking out for gay rights.

Lucrece
February 27th, 2012 | LINK

A pity that resolutions and speeches mean little without sanctions and enforcement.

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