Quote of the week

[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.

Greg Grandin
London Review of Books
19 July 2013

Press conference to announce unprecedented global UN public education campaign on gay and lesbian equality

    UNITED NATIONS MEDIA ADVISORY 

Press conference to announce unprecedented global United Nations public education campaign for LGBT equality with

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Justice Edwin Cameron


WHEN:          Friday, 26 July 2013, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHO:             Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

            Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

            Justice Edwin Cameron, South African Constitutional Court

 

WHAT: Press conference announcing the launch of Free & Equal, an unprecedented United Nations global public education campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.  A project of the United Nations Human Rights Office being implemented in partnership with the Purpose Foundation, Free & Equal will raise awareness of homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination, and encourage greater respect for the rights of LGBT people.  This timely and significant campaign will engage millions people around the world in conversations that will help promote the fair treatment of LGBT people everywhere.

 

WHERE: The Pavilion Conference Centre, Clock Tower Centre, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

 

WHY: In December 2011, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published the first official UN report on violence and discrimination against LGBT persons. The report documented widespread human rights abuses. More than 76 countries still criminalize consensual, same-sex relationships, while in many more, discrimination against LGBT people is widespread – including in the workplace and in the education and health sectors. Hate-motivated violence against LGBT people, including physical assault, sexual violence, and targeted killings, has been recorded in all regions. This special event will focus on the need for both legal reforms and public education to counter homophobia and transphobia.

Note to broadcasters: The event will be recorded and footage made available through UNifeed.

Please confirm attendance with Sudeshan Reddy at sudeshan.reddy@unic.org

Media contacts:
Jackie Yodashkin, Free & Equal, 917-620-4502info@unfe.org
Sudeshan Reddy, sudeshan.reddy@unic.org
 , +27 (0)82 563 5286

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