MaximsNewsNetwork: ( ) 17 May 2012 UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: UN OHCHR: UNTV: United Nations, New York — Activists around the world observed 17 May as the International Day against Homophobia, but it has not been officially designated by the United Nations; the top UN official for human rights, Navi Pillay, has said this is an “historic moment” for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, with more and more States recognizing the need for action and speaking up — including at the United Nations. In a video United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR) Navi Pillay asked the public to help secure equal rights “for every last one of us”. “Around the world, people are arrested, attacked, tortured and killed, just for being in a loving relationship,” she said. “We cannot let these abuses stand”, the UN High Commissioner said, calling on States to repeal discriminatory laws and ban discriminatory practices. “Punish violence and hatred, not love,” said Pillay. Text of the video message by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay: “All over the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of all ages face harassment and discrimination — at work, at home, at school and in many other everyday situations. In many countries, national laws are skewed against them. In some 76 States, having a partner of the same sex is a criminal offense. People are being arrested

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