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 Shot of the “FACES” video for LGBTI equality on the NASDAQ screen in Times Square, New York, United States, 14 May 2015 © Malia Hurwitz.
Shot of the “FACES” video on the NASDAQ screen in Times Square, New York, 14 May 2015.
© Malia Hurwitz.

New video presents the faces of LGBT “everyday heroes” to the world

“FACES”, a video produced by the UN Human Rights Office as part of its Free & Equal campaign celebrates the contributions that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people make to families and local communities around the world.
The 2 minute video features everyday people filmed in their workplaces and homes - among them a fire-fighter, a police officer, a teacher, an electrician, a doctor and a volunteer; as well as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, a long-time ally of the global LGBTI community.

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 A man lights candles in tribute torture victims in Chile © EPA/Claudio Reyes

Fight against torture: “Are we doing enough?”

Ending torture means ending impunity for those who commit it, as well as providing rehabilitation and reparation to victims, practitioners told a large audience of representatives from Member States and the public during a public meeting convened by the UN Fund for Victims of Torture.

 Film has long been used as a way to teach human rights © EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

Films help educate students about human rights

For ten years the UN Human Rights Office has supported the use of films as a way to educate about human rights. In partnership with the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, the Office co-organizes special screenings of films aimed at Geneva schoolchildren.

Human Rights in the news

South Sudan: Senseless suffering
High Commissioner Zeid warns that the escalation of fighting in recent weeks between Government and opposition forces in South Sudan has resulted in alarming gross violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law and taken a terrible toll on civilians.

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
At the end of a two-day visit in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights expresses his concern about the shrinking of the democratic space and stresses the importance of broadening the dialogue between the government and the opposition.

Saving migrants’ lives, a priority
Saving the lives of those migrants stranded at sea in South East Asia should remain the priority – A group of UN experts urge the international community to assist the countries affected.

Cambodian civil society excluded
The drafting of a law regulating civil society in Cambodia excludes NGOs from the process, UN expert on the rights to freedom of assembly and of association Maina Kiai warns.

The Rights of the Child
UN human rights experts call for the universal ratification and implementation of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on key anniversary (Monday, 25 May).

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