18th July 2013
UN officials condemn killing of LGBT and HIV campaigner in Cameroon
4:42 PM — The killing of an LGBT rights campaigner in Cameroon has been condemned by the UN’s main HIV/AIDS agency.
4th July 2013
UN warns failure of Asian government to abolish anti-gay laws is undermining fight against HIV 2
6:20 PM — UN-AIDS Steven Kraus director has urged governments in Asia to eliminate anti-gay laws that hinder the battle against HIV.
1st July 2013
UN condemns Nigeria’s Parliament for passing anti-gay law 11
1:37 PM — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned Nigeria’s Parliament for passing a law that further criminalises homosexuality.
17th May 2013
Ban Ki-Moon: LGBT equality is critical to the UN’s mission
2:00 PM — An International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia address by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, sets out LGBT rights as critical for building "a world of true freedom and equality for all".
16th May 2013
Fiji: LGBT rights campaigners say discrimination remains a major issue 1
12:52 AM — Whilst holding week-long events to raise awareness, Fiji campaigners for LGBT rights have said that, despite some slow progress, there is still a long way to go, and that discrimination against LGBT people remains a problem.
14th May 2013
Video: UN Secretary General launches new anti-homophobia campaign: ‘you are not alone’ 7
5:25 PM — The United Nations has released a new strong message against homophobia, and in solidarity with the LGBT community.
3rd May 2013
Ethiopia: Anti-gay group hopes death penalty will soon be introduced for homosexuality 38
5:27 PM — An anti-gay organisation has expressed hopes that the death penalty for homosexuals will soon be introduced in Ethiopia, and held a conference to discuss the "disastrous" effects of homosexuality in the country.
26th April 2013
US State Department bars Raul Castro’s daughter from visiting Philadelphia to pick up LGBT rights award 15
11:37 AM — The daughter of Cuba’s president is being prevented by the US State Department from visiting Philadelphia in order to pick up an LGBT rights award.
18th April 2013
Video: UN Secretary General says ‘LGBT rights is one of the great, neglected human rights challenges of our time’ 17
2:34 AM — The United Nations Secretary General Bank Ki-moon, has given an impassioned speech, voicing his support for LGBT rights, and condemning governments around the world which refuse to tackle discrimination against LGBT people.
24th March 2013
LGBT activists gather from across Asia to plan for UN conference 2
1:49 PM — LGBT activists from across Asia gathered this weekend to plan a strategy ahead of this summer's United Nations Human Rights Council meeting.
14th March 2013
Iran, Russia and Egypt threaten to scupper UN women’s declaration due to gay rights opposition 23
11:41 AM — Iran, Russia and Egypt have threatened to derail a UN declaration urging an end to violence against women and girls by objecting to language concerning LGBT rights.
1st February 2013
United Nations experts call on Russia to drop anti-gay bill 6
3:40 PM — A group of experts from the United Nations have urged Russia to drop its draft law forbidding "homosexual propaganda", and have said that it would undermine the human rights of LGBT people in the country.
13th December 2012
Ricky Martin: I wish I could come out as gay again, ‘it’s just beautiful’ 18
12:06 AM — Speaking at the UN on Tuesday, singer, Ricky Martin, spoke about coming out, saying he wished he could do it again, just to inspire people who might be struggling with their own sexuality.
16th November 2012
UN calls for gay rights protection in Cameroon ahead of court appeals 6
7:29 PM — The United Nations is calling on Cameroon to end the enforcement of homophobic laws ahead of an appeal involving three men.
3rd October 2012
Muslim anti-gay cleric Abu Hamza should not be sent to the US, says UN adviser 24
1:07 PM — The UK government would be complicit in torture if it extradites anti-gay Muslim cleric Abu Hamza and his fellow terror suspects to the United States, a senior UN adviser has warned.
26th September 2012
Vatican diplomat: Anti-gay opponents are being ‘vilified’ for their views 83
7:29 PM — Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who is the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, said the Roman Catholic Church deeply believed that human sexuality was a gift reserved for married heterosexual couples.
13th September 2012
Iraqi police behind anti-gay killings, says TV documentary 25
10:08 AM — A BBC World Service programme has revealed that law enforcement agencies in Iraq are involved in the sustained systematic persecution of the country’s LGBT community.
4th July 2012
South Africa and Brazil demand UN action on gay rights 17
9:18 AM — United Nations ambassadors for South Africa and Brazil have demanded more action and discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity as part as universal human rights standards, and to combat hate crimes.
6th June 2012
Tunisia rejects UNHRC recommendation to decriminalise gay sex 98
4:23 PM — Tunisian minister of human rights, transitional justice and spokesman of the Tunisian government, Samir Dilou has rejected a recommendation by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to decriminalize same-sex acts, stating that sexual orientation was a western concept which is incompatible with Islam, Tunisian culture and traditions.
30th May 2012
Updated: Robert Mugabe made a ‘leader for tourism’ by UN agency 49
1:55 PM — The president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, who said gay people 'offend against the law of nature' has been made a 'leader for tourism' by the UN's World Tourism Organisation.