Monday, 26 December 2016

Gay rights are human rights - UN


One of the biggest arguments I've come across online about same sex marriage from the christians, is that gays not being able to marry is not a human rights issue. It was also used recently by African states trying to defund the new UN investigator for abuses against the human rights of the LGBT around the world, claiming that gay rights shouldn't be a part of the general human rights everyone else enjoys.

However the UN high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, tells a different story. She looks back at the beginning of the UN debate on gay rights starting with a Tasmanian man who went to the UN in 1994, claiming that the laws on the books at the time that criminalised homosexuality were a violation of his human rights. The UN agreed.

Watch as Pillay tells the story: