Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has made clear from the beginning the protecting gay and lesbian people is a priority for his administration.
In September 2010, the Secretary General stated:
The responsibilities of the United Nations and the obligations of States are clear. No-one, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. No-one should be prosecuted for their ideas or beliefs. No-one should be punished for exercising their right to freedom of expression.
Today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that laws against homosexuality violate the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
"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," he said. "Confronting this discrimination is a challenge. But we must live up to the ideals of the Universal Declaration."
United Nations member States must abide by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights or face prosecution from the United Nations International Court of Justice, or the International Court of Justice.
In a speech to African leaders today, who accuse the United Nations International Criminal Court (ICC) is being biased against Africans, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon fired back however pointing out that the new Chief Prosecutor of the ICC is an African woman, Fatou Bensouda of Republic of The Gambia.
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