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NEW YORK – Navi Pillay, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, issued a video statement this week that condemns hate crimes against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.
Equal rights for all is "a great human rights cause and one I am proud to support," she says in the video.
Pillay specifically cited horrific anti-gay incidents in New York City, South Africa, Brazil and Hondorus.
She argues against those nations that content that sexual orientation and gender identity are “new concepts,” an argument made by the Conference of Islamic States and some African nations. To refute that, she notes that archaeologists have uncovered evidence of same-sex relationships dating back 4,000 years. And she points out that UN human-rights institutions said 17 years ago that anti-gay legislation was wrong.
Pillay remembers how during her childhood that those who were left-handed were forced to use their right hand. “Those teachers may have thought they were doing the right thing but in time we learned," she says. "People are different ... it does not matter. The important thing is to let people flourish."