Sunday , 17 November 2019

Tag Archives: United Nations

UN council creates LGBTI rights watchdog


  The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed yesterday to appoint an independent investigator to help protect LGBTI people worldwide from discrimination and violence. Following a four-hour long debate, which was at times quite heated with Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries expressing strong opposition, the council agreed to accept a resolution to create an “independent expert” to help protect “against violence ...

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European Parliament urges member states to speak out on LGBTI rights

European Parliament

In a resolution adopted yesterday, the European Parliament has urged its member states to speak up for LGBTI rights and equality internationally. In what is effectively a recommendation from the Parliament to EU Member States to speak out for LGBTI people at the United Nations Human Rights Council, the resolution expressed its concern in relation to “discriminatory laws and practices and ...

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Sturgeon: Saudi Arabia’s stance wrong – LGBTI rights are universal human rights

Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, Minister Humza Yousaf, Alyn Smith MEP and Stewart McDonald MP have sharply criticised Saudi Arabia’s stance, which now chairs a key UN human rights panel, regarding LGBTI rights. It follows the controversial appointment of Faisal bin Hassan Trad as Chair of the Five-Member Consultative Group of the UN Council for Human Rights last ...

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Maggie Chapman: Boycott Saudi Arabia rather than let it lead human rights

Boycott Saudi

The actions of the Saudi Arabian government would, in a country with less oil, bring international isolation. The news, therefore, that Saudi Arabia has been chosen to lead a UN Panel on Human Rights should bring the appropriate scrutiny on this tyrannical regime. Not only is the state an absolute monarchy, it is one that routinely denies the rights of ...

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Anti gay Saudi to head key UN Human Rights panel

Faisal bin Hassan Trad

The Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United Nations (UN), who opposes LGBTI rights, was appointed to chair a key panel in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Faisal bin Hassan Trad will chair the five-member Consultative Group, a UNHRC panel that is tasked with naming experts that determine global human rights standards. Human rights campaigners from the kingdom and across the ...

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Scotland “to lead way in tackling inequality”


The Scottish government has committed itself to adopting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, making it one of the first countries to do so. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that Scotland will sign up to a new international action plan to tackle poverty and inequality, as well as promoting sustainable development across the globe. The First Minister confirmed that Scotland ...

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UN Report: LGBTI people subjected to brutal violence worldwide

UN Report: Born Equal and Free

Brutal, violence, abuse, harassment and discrimination against LGBTI people is widespread and goes unpunished worldwide, a UN report says. Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands suffered injuries in recent years, were documented in a report, entitled “Born Equal and Free” submitted to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The “brutal” and “grotesque” violence include stoning, dismemberment, knifing, rape ...

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