Call to Africa out of the dark ages and into human rights age

African Union: Ban Ki-moon urges respect for gay rights

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Addis Ababa on 29 January 2012
Ban Ki-moon said “confronting discrimination is a challenge”

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged African leaders to respect gay rights.

Discrimination based on sexual orientation had been ignored or even sanctioned by many states for too long, Mr Ban told an African Union summit.

Homosexuality is illegal in many African countries – a situation which has drawn increasing criticism from activists and the West.

Mr Ban also said the Arab Spring proved leaders “must listen to their people”.

The two-day summit, in the AU’s new building in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, is set to elect a new AU Commission chair.


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