UN Secretary General Condemns Anti-LGBT Violence and Criminalization

The Permanent Missions of Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, France, Gabon, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, The United States of America and the Delegation of the European Union hosted a side event at the United Nations on December 10, 2010. Present were UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon; Permanent Representative of the US to the UN, Susan Rice; Assistant Secretary-General, Ivan Šimonović, and three panelists from civil society. The event was co-organized with IGLHRC, as well as other international LGBT human rights organizations. Read the statements from the event in full below.

Read Statements Presented at the UN Side Event

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon »

H.E. Ms. Susan E. Rice, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations »

Mr. Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary-General, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights »

Linda Baumann, (Namibia) Interim Director of Out-Right Namibia »

Buse Kilickaya, (Turkey) Founder of Pembe Hayat (Pink Life) »
(Read by Justus Eisfeld at the event)

Vidyaratha Kissoon, (Guyana) Founding member of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) »

It is not called the partial declaration of human rights.
"It is not the sometimes declaration of human rights.
It is the universal Declaration, guaranteeing all human beings their basic human rights … without exception."

Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon
December 10, 2010