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James McDonald

Angelina Jolie Hosts Largest Ever Summit On Sexual Violence In War

by James McDonald ● 2:11 PM June 13, 2014
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Today sees the end of the four-day Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, held in London and co-chaired by Angelina Jolie and William Hague, who estimates none of the 50,000 female victims of rape in the 1990s have received justice.

Human Rights

United Nations LGBT Meeting Issues ‘In Your Face Russia’ Declaration

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:55 PM September 27, 2013
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The United Nations held its highest level meeting ever to discuss LGBT violence and discrimination yesterday, and agreed to issue a joint declaration Russia may find insulting.

News

African President: Gay People Are One Of The ‘Biggest Threats To Human Existence’

by David Badash ● 1:45 PM September 27, 2013
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The president of Gambia today stood at the podium of the United Nations General Assembly and told the world that gay people and homosexuality are among the three “biggest threats to human existence.”

Analysis

Farewell Hillary For the Moment: Rest, Relax and Keep the Door Open to 2016!

by Tanya Domi ● 2:24 PM February 1, 2013
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Hillary Clinton departs her post as Secretary of State today to an unknown future. While millions of supporters wish her well, she no doubt deserves to take a long rest, as many fervently hope for a Clinton presidential run in 2016

Analysis

UN Embarrassed by Serb Nationalist; Secretary General Issues Apology

by Tanya Domi ● 11:03 AM January 18, 2013
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Serbian nationalist Vuk Jeremic stinks up the UN with a “New Year’s” self-celebration, dragging Secretary Ban Ki-Moon through Serbia’s perverse patriotic mud and they wonder why Serbia is a pariah state

Analysis

India to USA: “I Am Somebody and I Don’t Deserve to be Raped”

by Tanya Domi ● 11:53 AM January 6, 2013
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From New Delhi, India to Steubenville, Ohio, the planet is experiencing an epidemic of violence against women and girls that is intolerable and must be confronted

News

UPDATE: Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci Condemns Attacks on Kosovo 2.0 and LGBT

by Tanya Domi ● 8:58 AM December 18, 2012
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Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci issues statement on the attacks on Kosovo 2.0 and reaffirms non-discrimination based upon sexual orientation

Civil Rights

Ricky Martin, At The UN, Says Coming Out Was ‘Incredible. I Wish I Could Do It Again’

by David Badash ● 8:59 PM December 11, 2012
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Ricky Martin today spoke at the United Nations’ on “Leadership in the Fight Against Homophobia,” a panel discussion with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Analysis

International Human Rights Day: The Legacy Of Eleanor Roosevelt

by Tanya Domi ● 4:42 PM December 10, 2012
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Eleanor Roosevelt’s biographer says if she were alive today she would celebrate the advancement of the LGBT, economic and social human rights movements globally.

Civil Rights

Infographic — I Am Gay: 5 Things I Fear

by David Badash ● 11:33 AM August 10, 2012
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The United Nations UNAIDS has released this excellent and heartbreaking infographic that details what LGBTQ people around the world are dealing with.

Analysis

25 Years Later, International AIDS Conference Returns To U.S. After Lift Of HIV Travel Ban

by Seyward Darby ● 3:16 PM July 14, 2012
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In 1990, thousands from around the world came to the US for the Sixth International AIDS Conference. After President Obama lifted an HIV travel ban, the conference returns.

International

Gay Rights Are Human Rights: Advancing LGBT Protections At The UN

by Guest Author ● 12:56 PM March 29, 2012
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At the United Nations Human Rights Council March 2012 meeting in Geneva, an expert panel was convened to discuss the first-ever UN report focused on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Analysis

Week in Review: UN Issues Historic Report on LGBT Rights, CDC Reports Epidemic of Violence Against American Women

by Tanya Domi ● 7:03 PM December 18, 2011
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The United Nations takes historical steps in support of LGBT human rights, the Centers for Disease Control reports epidemic sexual and intimate partner violence toward American women and LGBT aging focus of the Obama Administration.

Analysis

Ugandan Lesbian Activist Named Prestigious Human Rights Laureate

by Tanya Domi ● 3:09 PM October 16, 2011
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Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, an Ugandan lesbian activist and the leader of the Freedom to Roam, a lesbian advocacy group, was awarded the prestigious Martin Ennals Human Rights Defenders award, Oct. 13 in Geneva, Switzerland.