Russia prevents U.N. Security Council from honoring outgoing Secretary General for promoting LGBT+ rights

Reuters reports that Russia has prompted the removal of a mention of LGBT rights from the U.N. Security Council’s statement honoring outgoing Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

The United States and other Security Council members wanted the statement to include the sentence”It is thanks to you, Mr. Secretary-General, that women, young people, and the LGBT community have been heard and assisted, and today their voices sound louder and stronger in this headquarters and around the world.”

As a result of Russia’s objections, the Council instead published a statement that refers to Ban’s promotion of human rights in general.

It is a crime to be gay in at least 73 countries, and LGBT+ civil rights continue to spark heated debates at the U.N.

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