Thursday, September 17, 2020

Michelle Bachelet highlights LGBT rights abuses in UN Human Rights Council speech


U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet highlighted LGBT rights abuses in Poland and Honduras during her speech at the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s latest session in Geneva.

Bachelet expressed concern “about the continuing repression of LGBT people and activists (in Poland), including restrictions on their freedom of assembly, and the government’s support for towns that have termed themselves ‘LGBTI-free zones.'”

“The scapegoating and targeting of a minority group, for political purposes, feeds intolerance and discrimination, damaging all of society,” said Bachelet.

Bachelet also noted “attacks on and violent deaths of LGBT persons continue to increase” in Honduras. She said the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights in Honduras has “documented” the murders of seven transgender women in the Central American country.

Last May, UN urged nations to protect LGBT people amid coronavirus

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