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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

Rights violations persist in Ukraine
A new report details the serious human rights violations and abuses that persist in eastern Ukraine, including shelling, executions, arbitrary and illegal detentions, torture, ill-treatment, human trafficking, the lack of justice and accountability, and deprivation of economic and social rights.

Olympic spirit
UN expert calls on Azerbaijan to end the "relentless repression" of activists and release jailed human rights defenders ahead of the inaugural European Olympic Games in Baku.

"Chronic" overcrowding
The Philippines should deal urgently with prison overcrowding and improve independent monitoring of places of detention, the UN's torture prevention body say.

Austerity and human rights
The Greek debt crisis highlights the need to find better solutions to prevent economic reform policies undermining the enjoyment of human rights, UN expert says.

Zeid / Violations by int'l forces in CAR
High Commissioner Zeid urges several States to intensify efforts to investigate long-standing allegations that soldiers in their forces sent to keep the peace in the Central African Republic may have committed very serious violations.

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