Pillay on Homophobia: Punish Violence and Hatred, Not Love!
The video, produced by UN Human Rights office, highlights the human cost of homophobia and the historic moment in struggle for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons.
The release of this video follows a succession of breakthroughs at the United Nations over the past 12 months concerning the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. These include the adoption of the first UN resolution on LGBT issues (in June 2011), the release of the first official UN report (in December 2011) and the organization of the first formal UN debate on the issue at the Human Rights Council (in March 2012).
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay talks about the human cost of homophobia and transphobia. Around the world, people are arrested, attacked, tortured and killed, just for being in a loving relationship. "We cannot let these abuses stand", the High Commissioner says, calling on States to repeal discriminatory laws and ban discriminatory practices. "Punish violence and hatred, not love," she says.
On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark reaffirms the organization’s commitment to promote understanding of the negative impact of homophobia and transphobia and to reduce human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.