Will UN goals exclude gays, lesbians and transsexuals?

UN logo with rainbowOn Apr 13 2013 76 CRIMES reported: Advocates for women, LGBTI people and other disadvantaged people worldwide have launched a campaign to persuade the United Nations to ensure the inclusion of human rights and justice as it makes plans for post-2015 development.

Are gays, lesbians and transsexuals again going to be left out as the world is setting its priorities? So far in the process, there has been strong resistance to including and naming specific vulnerable groups that require human rights protection in the documents to be presented to the world’s leaders.

The goal articulated by hundreds of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is to ensure that “no one is left behind” as the U.N. sets goals for action from 2015 onward.  How can this be done unless the vulnerable groups are specifically identified?

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has repeatedly promised to exclude “no one,” but the NGOs’ letter presented to the U.N states that “sustainable development is impossible unless human rights are at its center as a foundational pillar of vibrant, equal and prosperous societies.”  Continued

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