International Human Rights Day 2016

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Human Rights Day 2016 “Stand up for someone’s rights today!”

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of christmas-carol-merry-christmas-xmas-christmas-smiley-emoticon-000562-largeHuman Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights! Many of us are fearful about the way the world is smilie-and-chuckie-santasheading. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack.

We must reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media.

The time for this is now. “We the peoples” can take a stand for rights. And together, we can take a stand for more humanity.

It starts with each of us. Step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, an LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

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Driving force behind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Eleanor Roosevelt Speech on Human Rights

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Join us and “Stand up for someone’s rights today.” We want to encourage, support and 2343126_125amplify what you do in your everyday life to defend human rights. Together, let’s take action for greater freedoms, stronger respect and more compassion. Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. But we can change the course by reaffirming our common humanity and taking action to support everyone’s human rights.

Video: It starts with you

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein explains why standing up for someone’s rights helps to provide safety, security and reaffirm humanity in the world.

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Human Rights Day is celebrated by the global human rights community and the whole United Nations family. Activities are planned across the world to commemorate the signature of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Read more.

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The Kofi Annan Foundation

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Kofi Annan: The world I’m working to create

4850102711877632The Chair and founder of the Kofi Annan Foundation shares his vision for a fairer, more peaceful world. We have, for too long, been consuming the resources of the world as if there were no tomorrow. We need to create a world that is equitable, stable, and where the needs of the individual are at the centre of our efforts.

Our mission

The Kofi Annan Foundation mobilises political will to overcome threats to peace, development and albert-einstein-albert-einstein-genius-smiley-emoticon-000718-facebookhuman rights. In most cases the expertise and evidence needed to solve pressing problems such as poverty, armed conflict and poor governance already exist. What holds us back is lack of leadership or political will to identify and deliver solutions. The Foundation mobilises those who are in a position to influence and bring leadership to the world’s most pressing problems.

How the Kofi Annan Foundation works

  1. smilie-teacher2Private diplomacyThe Foundation provides counsel and participates in diplomatic initiatives to avert or resolve crises.
  2. Public advocacy ~ Through targeted public interventions, the Foundation helps shape public discussion of global issues and threats.
  3. Convening power ~ The Foundation brings together leaders in diplomacy, business, politics and civil society to jointly tackle threats and crises.
  4. Mediation & Crisis resolution ~ The Foundation provides its good offices, mediates, or intervenes in crises when it can make a difference.

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The three pillars of a fairer, more peaceful world

  1. smily-widePeace and security ~ There can be no long term peace without development.
  2. Sustainable development ~ There can be no long-term development without security.
  3. Human rights and the rule of law ~ No society can long remain prosperous without respect for human rights and the rule of law.

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Kofi Annan – Biography

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Kofi Annan, the founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and was the Secretary-General of the United Nations between 1997 and 2006. With the Foundation, Kofi Annan seeks to mobilise political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights.

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Wrecked Lives, Corporate Losses and Sluggish Growth: the Real Cost of Discrimination

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Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people doesn’t just hurt people; it hurts corporate profits and costs countries tens of billions of dollars in lost economic output. That’s the message of a new United Nations video, “The Price of Exclusion”, narrated by the actor Zachary Quintosc_xN-space1 and launched at UN Headquarters in New York today as part of a global campaign against homophobia and transphobia.

Free-and-EqualIn recent years, the United Nations has documented serious human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people in countries around the world. In a report presented to the Human Rights Council earlier this year, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein pointed to evidence of “pervasive, violent abuse, harassment and discrimination affecting LGBT and intersex persons in all regions.”

peace-gayStigma and abuse begin early – often in school wreathplaygrounds. According to studies carried out in the United States, the United Kingdom and Thailand, between half and two thirds of LGBT students are regularly bullied at school and up to a third skip school to escape harassment.

Bullying, isolation and family rejection drive many LGBT youth to abandon their education altogether, with many ending up homeless on the streets. Up to 40 per cent of homeless youth on the streets of major U.S. cities identify as LGBT or queer, compared with likely less than 10 per cent of the overall youth population.

Peace-Hand-Peace-Sign-Pink-Triangle-Gay-Pride-Flag-ColorsIn study after study, rates of poverty, food insecurity and depression have been found to be far higher in the LGBT community than in the public at large.santa A U.S. study found gay and lesbian youth are four times more likely to contemplate or attempt suicide, compared with the general population – trans youth are ten times more likely.

Those most directly affected are of course the victims themselves – the individuals being discriminated against. gayheartBut it’s not only LGBT people who pay the price; we all do. Every trans youth thrown out of home or forced to miss out on an education is a loss for society. Every gay or lesbian worker denied work or driven to emigrate is a lost opportunity to build a more productive economy.

These losses quickly add up. School drop-outs and talent flight shrink the size of a country’s labour market, lowering economic output, putting pressure on corporate profits, and reducing tax flows – leaving less money for schools, healthcare and other essential services.

According to a pilot study conducted for the World Bank last year, discrimination against santaLGBT people in India could be costing that country’s economy up to $32 billion a year in lost economic output. No wonder UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently called ending discrimination against members of the LGBT community “a human rights priority and a development imperative.”

The economic damage caused by discrimination is substantial – and entirely unnecessary. With different laws and policies in place – and, imagesimportantly, a different mind-set – we could and would achieve a different result. The UN is working with governments and, in a new initiative, with companies to bring about change.

In recent years, businesses large and small have taken steps to make the work environment safersanta and more inclusive for their LGBT employees. Many have changed the way they do business with a view to better serving LGBT customers and, in some cases, extracting anti-discrimination commitments from suppliers up and down their supply chains.

waving_crossed_gay_pride_flagsFor the most part, companies are taking action because they believe it’s the right thing to do. But they are also acting in their own interests – and those of their shareholders, customers and the wider community.

clipart-pretty-sexy-lady-smiley-emoticon-371bWatch the UN’s new video to learn more about the business case for inclusion, and visit www.unfe.org for more information on Free & Equal – the UN’s global campaign to end discrimination against LGBT and intersex people everywhere.


Article Posted: Dec 10,2015 ~ Charles Radcliffe Chief, Global Issues, U.N. Human Rights Office, New York


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Rights Activists Honored

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40bf5e4b21b3a2f75edc33f163d2b649Alison Des Forges Award Honorees From Uganda, Syria, Malaysia, Azerbaijan

2015 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism Honorees. Top: Khadija Ismayilova (Azerbaijan), Yara Bader (Syria), Father Bernard Kinvi (CAR). Bottom: Nicholas Opiyo (Uganda), Nisha Ayub (Malaysia), Dr. M.R. Rajagopal (India) © Jahangir Yusif, Francesca Leonardi (Internazionale), 2014 Human Rights Watch, 2015 Rebecca Vassie, 2015 Nisha Ayub, Paramount Color Lab, Ulloor, Trivandrum
2015 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism Honorees. Top: Khadija Ismayilova (Azerbaijan), Yara Bader (Syria), Father Bernard Kinvi (CAR). Bottom: Nicholas Opiyo (Uganda), Nisha Ayub (Malaysia), Dr. M.R. Rajagopal (India) © Jahangir Yusif, Francesca Leonardi (Internazionale), 2014 Human Rights Watch, 2015 Rebecca Vassie, 2015 Nisha Ayub, Paramount Color Lab, Ulloor, Trivandrum

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” —Nelson Mandela—

(New York) – Four courageous and tireless advocates for human rights are the 2015 recipients of the prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, Human Rights Watch said today.

The winners, leading voices for justice in their countries, are Nisha Ayub, a leading human rights defender on transgender rights in Malaysia; Yara Bader, a journalist and human rights activist who works to expose the detention and torture of journalists in war-torn Syria; Khadija Ismayilova, a prominent investigative journalist who has dedicated her life to fighting for human rights in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan; and Nicholas Opiyo, a leading human rights lawyer and founder of the human rights organization Chapter Four Uganda, who has worked tirelessly to defend civil liberties in Uganda. Ismayilova is currently behind bars and on trial on bogus tax and other charges brought in retribution for her reporting.

“The Alison Des Forges Award honors people who work courageously and selflessly to defend human rights, often in dangerous situations and at great personal sacrifice,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “The honorees have dedicated their lives to defending the world’s most oppressed and vulnerable people.”

The award is named for Dr. Alison Des Forges, senior adviser at Human Rights Watch for almost two decades, who died in a plane crash in New York State on February 12, 2009. Des Forges was the world’s leading expert on Rwanda, the 1994 genocide, and its aftermath. The Human Rights Watch annual award honors her outstanding commitment to, and defense of, human rights. It celebrates the valor of people who put their lives on the line to create a world free from abuse, discrimination, and oppression.

The four 2015 honorees and two 2014 recipients of the award, Father Bernard Kinvi from the Central African Republic and Dr. M.R. Rajagopal from India, will be honored at the Voices for Justice Human Rights Watch Annual Dinners held in more than 20 cities worldwide in November 2015 and March-April 2016.

Ayub will be honored in Amsterdam; Bader in London and Paris; Ismayilova in Munich and Geneva; and Opiyo in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Father Kinvi will tour North America and will be honored at dinners in New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Toronto. Dr. Rajagopal will be honored in Hanover.

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UN Releases New Report on LGBTI Rights

JUNE 2015 – ‪#‎PRIDE MONTH

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Just in time for ‪#‎Pride‬ month, United Nations Human Rights Office released report on graphics-smilies-369234discrimination based on sexual orientation. – Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

UNF-free-equalJust in time for Pride month, the United Nations Human Rights Office yesterday released a much-anticipated report on discrimination and violence against individuals based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Mandated by UN Human Rights Council, the UN’s top human rights organ, the report notes significant global advancement in protecting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons since the UN’s first groundbreaking report on LGBTI violence and discrimination in 2011. Developed with inputs from across the UN human rights system, UN member states, and grassroots advocates, the report provides an update on the international LGBTI human rights landscape as well as lays out best practices “to overcome [LGBTI] violence and discrimination.”

6581111d1ad676dd8aa128c26a2d1578Positive developments in global LGBTI rights range from strengthening anti-discrimination laws to repealing criminal penalties for consensual same-sex relationships to expanded legal recognition for same-sex relationships. Among other examples of progress in the report, new “specialized hate crime prosecution units” in Brazil, Honduras, Mexico, and Spain, as well as a new national task force on LGBT-violence in South Africa are spotlighted.
On the other hand, the report notes much of this momentum is “overshadowed by continuing, serious, and widespread human rights violations perpetrated too often with impunity, against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.” It also highlights that “hate-motivated killings of LGBT individuals have been documented in all regions.”
Accordingly, the report offers 20 specific recommendation targeted to UN member states to address LGBTI violence and discrimination,

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  • Repeal laws that criminalize consensual same-sex relationships and restrict LGBTI people’s right to freedom of expression;
  • Enact hate crime laws covering sexual orientation and gender identity;
  • Allow access to legal documents that take into account a person’s self-identified gender;
  • End so-called “conversion therapy,” targeted to LGBTI persons, and other abusive treatments; and Legally recognize same-sex relationships.

401891_10151390237591890_2040671388_nFinally, the report recommends that the UN Human Rights Council be “regularly informed” of patterns related to LGBTI violence and discrimination. This echoes the call of many human rights experts who have called on the Council to establish a new regularized reporting mandate on LGBTI human rights issues. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also declared, “We need to document [homophobic violence and discrimination] and share information with States on a regular basis for discussion and action”
The report marks the latest in UN leadership to advance LGBTI human rights, including the recent release of the UN Free and Equal Campaign’s viral Faces video, marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.


Article By Ryan Kaminski UN Foundation – Jun 02, 2015


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This Christmas, help us defend freedom

 

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On Human Rights Day, homosexual activists converged on UN headquarters to make the case that “LGBT rights are human rights.” But only a few countries within the United Nations agree
On Human Rights Day, homosexual activists converged on UN headquarters to make the case that “LGBT rights are human rights.” But only a few countries within the United Nations agree

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International Day to End Violence against Women.

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#Orangeurhood Today, 25 November, is the International Day to End Violence against women and girls. To mark the day, UN Women encourages you to “orange your neighbourhood” and raise awareness about the #16days of Activism against Gender Violence which follow (ending on 10 December “Human Rights Day”

Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic that destroys lives, fractures communities and holds back development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as the world body today marked the International Day to End Violence against Women.
“But violence against women and girls does not emerge from nowhere. It is simply the most extreme example of the political, financial, social and economic oppression of women and girls worldwide,” Mr. Ban said at an Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) event at Headquarters.
Joining Mr. Ban at today’s panel discussion were UN Women Executive-Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray, and actor Teri Hatcher, among others.
This year’s theme of Orange Your Neighborhood promises grassroots action to raise orange-smilieawareness in local communities. For example, the UN Secretariat building and the Empire State Building were lit orange last night, and many wore orange today to show support and solidarity in ending the scourge that affects one in three women worldwide.
Violence against women is not confined to just one region, political system, culture or social class, Mr. Ban explained today. It is present at every level of every society in the world. It happens in peacetime and becomes worse during conflict.god_said_no_12
This year alone, we have seen the kidnapping of more than 200 girls in Nigeria; the Indian schoolgirls who were raped, killed and hung from a tree; graphic testimony from Iraqi women of rape and sexual slavery during war; the continued bullying of women on the internet. Governments, workplaces, universities and sports authorities are stepping up much-needed action to end sexual violence. More than 80 per cent of governments have passed laws on domestic violence and sexual harassment.
However, their implementation is often slow and uneven. And fragile gains continue to be threatened by extremism and a backlash against women’s rights.
“It is up to everyone to play their part; women’s rights are not only women’s business. Men and boys are finally taking their place as partners in this battle. The HeForShe campaign I launched two months ago brings together one half of humanity in support of the other,” Mr. Ban said.
Echoing that, UN-Women’s Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka explained that this Day is an opportunity to “shine an orange light” on violence against women that takes place at home, in schools, nations, cities, and villages.

5204908401754112She urged for support to confront that “horror” and “extinguish it.”
“This is an important moment as the world is getting ready to gear up to the post-2015 plan of action,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said, highlighting that the issue of fighting violence against women will be high on the future global development agenda.
“No culture, no nation, no woman – old or young – is immune to this human rights violation,” she added.
“And these women are determined to reclaim their lives,” she said, urging that “there is no time for complacency or excuses, the time to act is now.”
“We need young people, members of Parliament and political parties, religious and traditional leaders as well aswave5 men and boys to play their roles,” the UN-Women chief explained. “We know what works now. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) initiative, along with other studies, has generated quite some data and best practices that demonstrate that the importance of protecting women and girls and providing services to those who fall victim to these horrendous crimes.”
“We are in a unique position in history and a lot of will among the people of the world to forge ahead and conquer violence against women,” she said.
Recalling meeting women who have been victims of violence, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said that she “forever will be haunted by their suffering” but also inspired by their courage.

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Searching for Suicide Methods

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Suicide-Methods1-642x336Youth suicide rates are sadly out of control. Research from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says among young people, suicide is third leading cause of their death. About 4,600 young people, between the ages of ten to twenty-four, die from suicide each year.

Death is not the only result from a suicide attempt, because more people survive than die. Around 147,000 youth end up in hospital emergency rooms each year with a self-inflicted injury. Some survivors have permanent damage from the suicide attempt, such as having a brain injury or paralysis. Those who survive have a higher risk of attempting suicide again.

Suicide methods statistics say forty-five percent use guns, forty percent use hanging or suffocating, and eight percent use drug overdoses or poison.

The CDC reports many young people are thinking about suicide. A survey across America found sixteen percent of high school students had seriously contemplated suicide, thirteen percent had made a plan, and eight percent attempted suicide.

Suicide affects all youth. Males die from suicide more frequently than females, but females make more attempts. Deaths from suicides, for ten to twenty-four year-olds, were eighty-one percent boys and nineteen percent girls. Native American youth have the highest suicide rates. Hispanic youth report more suicide attempts than blacks or Caucasians. Suicide is especially impactful for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered (LGBT). Bullying is a major cause of youth suicide, when those under attack see no other way out. Many adults question why don’t these depressed youth seek help or reach out. Often they do reach out, but others ignore calls for help or do not take them seriously. In the case of bullying, often a call for help has no effect whatsoever on the daily torments these youth are facing.


The Search for Suicide Methods for Teens and Youth Today, Shocking!


There are certain risk factors, which may influence whether a young person attempts suicide. Just because the risk factors exist, does not mean they will attempt suicide. Nevertheless, these are the warning signs as published by the CDC:

  • A previous attempt of suicide
  • Suicide of another family member
  • Mental health problems and depression
  • Using drugs or alcohol
  • A life event, which is extremely stressful
  • A major loss
  • Easy access to firearms or other suicide methods
  • Other youth’s suicidal behavior (copy-cat syndrome)
  • Going to jail

If any of these risk factors are present, there are things to do to help a suicidal young person.


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Uprising of “RIGHTS”

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On Monday, September 15th, as the world converged upon New York City for the United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative, Executive Producers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook) presented


Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre (222 West 51st Street).


Featuring performances by 16-time Grammy Award-winner Sting and two-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award-winner Patti LuPone, and in strategic partnership with the United Nations Foundation, this event strives to support the efforts of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN’s Free & Equal campaign in calling for equal rights globally for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex individuals, and to raise significant funding for grassroots organizations and activists working toward that goal around the world.


The net proceeds of this event will go directly to Fueling the Frontlines, a three-year, $20 million campaign for global LGBTI rights led by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Astraea is the only philanthropic organization in the United States solely dedicated to advancing LGBTI rights globally.


In a special video message recorded for the benefit concert “Uprising of Love” held in New York City on 15 September 2014, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talks about the global fight for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. In his statement of support, he highlights the role of the UN Free & Equal campaign in opening people’s hearts as part of the UN’s push to change the world. For more information about the concert, please visit the Uprising of Love website: http://www.uprisingoflove.org/benefitconcert/




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ABCs of Children’s Mental Health: Bullying and LGBT Kids

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How can families, schools, and communities prevent and protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth from being bullied?


Kosciw and colleagues surveyed students 13 to 21 years of age throughout the United States. Of the 7,261 students who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender or who were questioning their sexual identity (LGBTQ): 85 percent reported being verbally harassed in the last year; 47 percent had been shoved; 22 percent had been punched, kicked or injured with a weapon at school; 68 percent had been sexually harassed at school with unwanted touching or sexual remarks; 88 percent had felt deliberately excluded or left out by other students; 84 percent had rumors or lies told about them; and half reported their property had been stolen or purposefully damaged by other students.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the third leading cause of death for youth 15 to 24 years old is suicide and gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.

In one study, LGBT youth identified bullying problems as the second most important problem in their lives, after non-accepting families, compared to non-LGBT youth identifying classes, exams, and grades.


Kerry Kennedy stated, “Bullying is, at its core, a human rights violation. It is the abuse of the powerless at the hands of the powerful, and it is a threat against the right to receive an education free from persecution.” Visit http://www.stompoutbullying.org

In the 1970s, The American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association stated that homosexuality is not a disorder; sexual orientation is not a person’s individual choice; and mental health professionals cannot change the sexual orientation of their clients.


What can Schools do?


The 2011 National School Climate survey recommends that Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) be ongoing in schools. Students who attended schools with GSAs reported fewer harassing remarks about sexual orientation, more intervention from school personnel and a greater sense of connectedness.
LGBT Students who reported having six or more supportive staff had higher GPAs. Principals, teachers, and other school staff can be advocates of safe schools for all students.
Schools can create comprehensive anti-bullying/harassment policies that include LGBT students.


LGBTQ Resources


The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and its Greater Cincinnati, Greater Dayton and Northeast Ohio chapters gave middle and high schools a Safe Space Kit as part of a campaign to build support for vulnerable students and reduce anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) name-calling, bullying and harassment in their school. Visit http://www.glsen.org.

The Trevor Project, created after the short film called Trevor, is a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Visit http://www.thetrevorproject.org/.

It Gets Better Project‘s was created after several LGB students committed suicide after being bullied in school. It has inspired 50,000 user-created videos viewed more than 50 million times. Visit http://www.itgetsbetter.org/.


According to Buckeye Region Anti Violence Organization (BRAVO)


“homophobia is the irrational fear or hatred of Gay and Lesbian people. It can be the cause of conflicts in neighborhoods, workplaces, and homes.”

Visit http://www.bravo-ohio.org.


The Community Relations Service of the Department of Justice helps communities develop strategies to prevent and respond to violent hate crimes committed on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or disability. Visit http://www.justice.gov.


Please see a child therapist if your LGBT adolescent is showing signs of depression, anxiety, or making comments about suicide. Ask your pediatrician for a referral.


Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is a child therapist in Jackson, Ohio – Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2014


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LGBTI Rights Human Rights Don’t Discriminate

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Amnesty International believes that all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be able to enjoy the full range of human rights, without exception.
africa-homophobia_10.02.14However, every day, across the globe, sexual orientation or gender identity leads to abuse in the form of discrimination, violence, imprisonment, torture, or even execution. Persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity can take a variety of forms and these contravene the basic tenets of international human rights law.
By highlighting instances of abuse against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, intersex (LGBTI) individuals, Amnesty’s activists work to protect the basic dignity of LGBTI people.

Amnesty and LGBTI rights

Since 1991, Amnesty International has committed itself to campaigning for the release of anyone imprisoned solely because of homosexuality, considering it a grave violation of human rights. Amnesty International regards people detained or imprisoned under such laws to be prisoners of conscience and calls for their immediate and unconditional release. Amnesty International further calls on states to reaffirm that exceptions to the universality of rights protections are unacceptable; to condemn human rights abuses on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression; and to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of all people.

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Join us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Contact George Harvey and Alexander Kennedy, our LGBTI Coordinators, to explore how you can get involved in our campaigning on LGBTI rights issues.

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South Sudan: No News From Malakal

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MSB8017South Sudan: No News From Malakal – The Malakal Teaching Hospital was attacked by armed men in February. Upon their return to the hospital, teams from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) discovered eleven bodies. Some patients had been shot.
In December 2013, violence broke out in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. The conflict soon spread through the world’s youngest country, taking on a sectarian tone that echoed the ethnic divisions that preceded independence from Sudan in 2011. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been working in South Sudan for more than two decades. The organization had a number of teams already on the ground when the crisis erupted last December, and has been working to meet the needs of those affected by the conflict.

Briefing

5379693385613312In 2011, the newly independent Republic of South Sudan formally came into existence, following more than 20 years of civil war between separatist forces and the government of Sudan in Khartoum. But amid the celebrations that surrounded the creation of Africa’s newest country were causes for concern. South Sudan has been beset by a number of severe humanitarian challenges since the day it became an independent nation state. Disease, malnutrition and displacement remain rife in the country, while the health system is extremely weak and under-resourced. Moreover, many parts of South Sudan continue to experience high levels of violence, a legacy of divisions that date to before the end of the civil war.

On December 15, 2013, that violence took on a new and urgent dimension, as clashes between rival groups in the presidential guard began in Juba, South Sudan’s capital city. These clashes soon spread and took on a distinctly sectarian tone. The ensuing conflict has led to the destruction of medical and other civilian structures, and the displacement of more than a million people inside South Sudan, with an additional 300,000 seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. The conflict has rendered most of the existing health facilities in the country non-functional, leaving most people with no access to healthcare.

Once the fighting began, MSF increased its capacity to rapidly respond to emergency medical needs in the country. MSF teams are now running more than 22 medical and non-medical programs, as well as outreach activities in nine of South Sudan’s 10 states, providing basic healthcare, nutritional support, surgeries and vaccinations, as well as clean water to people who have fled their homes.

For the latest updates on the crisis in South Sudan and MSF’s response to it, please follow the links below:

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Vote for change: UN’s My World campaign

UNDP and JCI delegates pictured with Mr Ahmed Kathrada
UNDP and JCI delegates pictured with Mr Ahmed Kathrada
The United Nations My World initiative is a global survey that invites citizens of the planet to vote on how they would like to change the world for the better.

My World asks individuals which six out of 16 possible issues they think would make the most difference to their lives. People of all ages, genders and backgrounds are invited to vote, which will ultimately help inform world leaders as they begin drafting the next global development agenda.

The campaign was launched to local media at the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Thursday 17 July 2014.

Some 2.75-million people have already voted (see analytics here), profiling what matters most to them in their world.

“UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is committed to making the process of drafting the next global development agenda as inclusive as possible. The aim is to involve all citizens in profiling key aspirations for the future,” said Dr Agostinho Zacarias, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident.

UNDP delegates pictured with Mr Ahmed Kathrada
UNDP delegates pictured with Mr Ahmed Kathrada
Corinne Woods, Global Director of the UN Millennium Campaign, spoke about My World as a platform that drives global engagement.

“The survey aims to listen to the voices of ordinary people and brings them to a worldwide decision-making process. It is individuals that will help define priorities for the path to 2030,” she said.

What is top priority for the world’s citizens?

According to the votes captured thus far, the world’s citizens think the following four aspects are most important:

  1. A good education
  2. Better healthcare
  3. Better job opportunities
  4. An honest and responsive government.

“In South Africa, the votes indicate that what matters most is a good education and protection against crime and violence,” said Woods.

Corinne Woods profiled My World as a platform that drives global engagement
Corinne Woods profiled My World as a platform that drives global engagement
William More and Sage Martin drive the My World outreach and research programme. They have engaged with communities in over 15 countries, walking the streets and asking people what matters most to them. They table the stories they have been told on the Humans of My World Facebook page.

“We cannot lose sight of the fact that it is the power of the human individual and the human story that changes hearts and incites people to come together and fight for change,” quoted Martin.

The president of Junior Chamber International (JCI) South Africa, Linda Ben, said the survey speaks to the heart of active citizenry.

“We need to understand that in order to effect positive change, we have to empower ourselves and our communities. Lend your voice to the UN campaign and help shape the world we live in,” she said.

Luvuyo Mandela urged young people to engage with the platforms available to co-create a world they want to live in

Luvuyo Mandela urged young people to engage with the platforms available to co-create a world they want to live in
Luvuyo Mandela urged young people to engage with the platforms available to co-create a world they want to live in
“Gone are the days for ordinary citizens to be seen and not heard – and for the youth to be seen and not heard,” said Luvuyo Mandela. “Today we have incredible resources at hand that are asking us to help shape the world of our dreams.

“It’s time for us as young people to come together and debate about what matters most to us. It’s time for us ask how we can best make ourselves heard.”

Mandela urged young people to engage with the platforms available to co-create a world they want to live in.

To find out more about the UN My World survey, please visit http://www.myworld2015.org/

To cast your vote, visit http://www.myworld2015.org/

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International Mandela Day

On this day, 18 July 1918 Nelson Mandela was born in Mvezo, Transkei madiba-birthday

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General Assembly Speical meeting dedicated to the life and memory of His Excellency Nelson Mandela
19 Dec 2013 – Speakers: GA President John W. Ashe, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Kingsley Mamabolo, Permanent Representative of the Mission of South Africa to the UN, Mr. David Dinkins, Former New York City Mayor, and Speakers: GA President John W. Ashe, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Kingsley Mamabolo, Permanent Representative of the Mission of South Africa to the UN, Mr. David Dinkins, Former New York City Mayor, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (via video).

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United Nations: Ratification of 18 International Human Rights Treaties

What is the most ratified human rights treaty? Which one did your country ratify? Find out using our NEW interactive dashboard on the status of ratification of International Human Rights Treaties: http://indicators.ohchr.org/Ratifications
Now lets take a closer look at just how much “value” Canada and the Harpercons have in Human Rights, according to the United Nations list of Ratified Human Rights Treaties, let it be known Canada doesn’t fair so well, all States need to take another look, try the second time around, looking with your “Heart” click here or the link above and see which ones your country Ratified.

I am including a list of the 5 out of 18 International Human Rights Treaties that Canada has currently Ratified and or Signed:

  1. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: 1976, Signature: NA, Ratification/Accession 1976
    • 29 October 1979
      “The Government of Canada declares, under article 41 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, that it recognizes the competence of the Human Rights Committee referred to in article 28 of the said Covenant to receive and consider communications submitted by another State Party, provided that such State Party has, not less than twelve months prior to the submission by it of a communication relating to Canada, made a declaration under article 41 recognizing the competence of the Committee to receive and consider communications relating to itself.”
  2. Convention against Torture and other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading treatment or Punishment: 1987 Signature: 1985, Ratification/Accession: 1987
    • 13 November 1989
      “The Government of Canada declares that it recognizes the competence of the Committee Against Torture, pursuant to article 21 of the said Convention, to receive and consider communications to the effect that a state party claims that another state party is not fulfilling its obligations under this Convention.
      “The Government of Canada also declares that it recognizes the competence of the Committee Against Torture, pursuant to article 22 of the said Convention, to receive and consider communications from or on behalf of individuals subject to its jurisdiction who claim to be victims of a violation by a state party of the provisions of the Convention.”
  3. Convention on the Rights of The Child: Signature: 1990, Ratification/Accession: 1991
    • Reservations:
      “(i) Article 21 With a view to ensuring full respect for the purposes and intent of article 20 (3) and article 30 of the Convention, the Government of Canada reserves the right not to apply the provisions of article 21 to the extent that they may be inconsistent with customary forms of care among aboriginal peoples in Canada. “(ii) Article 37 (c) The Government of Canada accepts the general principles of article 37 (c) of the Convention, but reserves the right not to detain children separately from adults where this is not appropriate or feasible. Statement of understanding: “Article 30 It is the understanding of the Government of Canada that, in matters relating to aboriginal peoples of Canada, the fulfilment of its responsibilities under article 4 of the Convention must take into account the provisions of article 30. In particular, in assessing what measures are appropriate to implement the rights recognized in the Convention for aboriginal children, due regard must be paid to not denying their right, in community with other members of their group, to enjoy their own culture, to profess and practice their own religion and to use their own language.”
  4. Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of Children in Armed conflict: 2002 Signature: 2000, Ratification/Accession 2000
    • Declaration:
      “Pursuant to article 3, paragraph 2, of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Involvement of Children in Armed Conflicts, Canada hereby declares: 1. The Canadian Armed Forces permit voluntary recruitment at the minimum age of 16 years. 2. The Canadian Armed Forces have adopted the following safeguards to ensure that recruitment of personnel under the age of 18 years is not forced or coerced: (a) all recruitment of personnel in the Canadian Forces is voluntary. Canada does not practice conscription or any form of forced or obligatory service. In this regard, recruitment campaigns of the Canadian Forces are informational in nature. If an individual wishes to enter the Canadian Forces, he or she fills in an application. If the Canadian Forces offer a particular position to the candidate, the latter is not obliged to accept the position; (b ) recruitment of personnel under the age of 18 is done with the informed and written consent of the person’s parents or legal guardians. Article 20, paragraph 3, of the National Defence Act states that ‘a person under the age of eighteen years shall not be enrolled without the consent of one of the parents or the guardian of that person’, (c) personnel under the age of 18 are fully informed of the duties involved in military service. The Canadian Forces provide, among other things, a series of informational brochures and films on the duties involved in military service to those who wish to enter the Canadian Forces; and (d) personnel under the age of 18 must provide reliable proof of age prior to acceptance into national military service. An applicant must provide a legally recognized document, that is an original or a certified copy of their birth certificate or baptismal certificate, to prove his or her age.”
  5. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: 2000 Signature: 2007, Ratification/Accession: 2010
    • Declaration and reservation:
      “Canada recognises that persons with disabilities are presumed to have legal capacity on an equal basis with others in all aspects of their lives. Canada declares its understanding that Article 12 permits supported and substitute decision-making arrangements in appropriate circumstances and in accordance with the law. To the extent Article 12 may be interpreted as requiring the elimination of all substitute decision-making arrangements, Canada reserves the right to continue their use in appropriate circumstances and subject to appropriate and effective safeguards. With respect to Article 12 (4), Canada reserves the right not to subject all such measures to regular review by an independent authority, where such measures are already subject to review or appeal. Canada interprets Article 33 (2) as accommodating the situation of federal states where the implementation of the Convention will occur at more than one level of government and through a variety of mechanisms, including existing ones.”

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Demi Lovato sends out pro-gay Christian message in new music video

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In her latest single, the singer is seen performing at Los Angeles Pride alongside drag queens and dancers Demi Lovato has revealed her new music video for her latest single Really Don’t Care.

The singer is seen performing at Los Angeles Pride, alongside drag queens, leather pups and Cher Lloyd.

In the opening scene of the video, it features homophobic demonstrators.

You can hear Lovato shout: ‘You don’t have to hate, because my Jesus loves all!’

Perez Hilton and Travis Barker make guest appearances in the music video.

Earlier this week, the singer revealed her grandfather was gay and an early pioneer of the LGBTI rights movement.

‘He was brave enough to come out in the 1960s, and I feel that a lot of my spirit has come from him,’ she said.

‘He passed away a few years later and I only wish he could have been able to see all the progress that has been made.

Lovato supported the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage last year, and guest starred as Santana’s girlfriend in season 5 on Glee.

She will also be headlining the New York City Pride Dance on the Pier on 29 June.

Watch it Here

27 June 2014 | By Joe Morgangaystarnews-logo

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“Bro, that’s not OK.”

images (6)Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka cordially invites you to an evening of music, art and action to celebrate the launch of UN Women’s global campaign leading up to the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.
DATE: 26 June 2014, 5–7 p.m. EDT, Doors open at 4pm. LOCATION: Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027 (https://goo.gl/maps/MkLsr)
PLEASE RSVP ASAP – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11ENErgU_52vWtgT2QFJFEADVK5pRNV7m9rZo-TKJoGI/viewform

NOTE: Tickets are free. Please print the confirmation page and present it upon your arrival for admission to the Apollo Theater. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, therefore we strongly suggest that you arrive ahead of time to avoid missing the beginning of the event, and to secure a seat. Doors will open at 4pm.
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48816a17c9f4f8eef2c7d4e191683bd658fc4d2b_t“Bro, that’s not OK.”
Watch the latest SayNO – UNiTE to End Violence Against Women video, which uses humour to convey a serious message: that violence against women is never OK. Learn more at: http://ow.ly/y5YDR

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🇨🇦 What Pride Means To Us: WorldPride 2014 Toronto

A video production by Crucial Pictures. Images courtesy of Edie Windsor and Getty Images.
The word Pride implies the basis for human dignity.
This is what WorldPride means to us. What does WorldPride mean to you?

Canadian-smiley-faceCheck out Visit Toronto For Pride.com to join the celebration and learn more about WorldPride.

WorldPride 2014 is coming to Toronto THIS summer. June 20-29, 2014. And we can’t wait! This international ten-day celebration of global LGBTTIQQ2SA communities will be the first WorldPride ever held in North America, and the fourth such festival in the world.

Photo credit: Terkin By Design
Photo credit: Terkin By Design

To prepare for this one-of-a-kind event, we asked trailblazers like Kyle Rae and Laverne Cox — plus the Pride Toronto staff and volunteers on the ground — what WorldPride means to them. Listen to their stories and find out for yourself why Torontonians are so proud to be hosting WP14TO this June.

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Native American lawyer confirmed to U.N. human rights post

(Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP)
(Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP)
The Senate confirmed Washington lawyer Keith Harper, a member of the Cherokee Nation, to be the U.S. representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday, making him the first member of a federally recognized tribe to be accorded an ambassadorial-rank post.
Harper, confirmed on a 52-42 party-line vote, has been active in human rights and civil rights organizations. He was also a mega-bundler, having raised more than $500,000 for President Obama’s 2012 campaign.
Harper was one of the plaintiffs’ lawyers in a long-running class-action lawsuit by Native Americans, who claimed that the federal government had mismanaged Indian trust accounts. The Obama administration settled the suit in 2009 for $3.4 billion. BY AL KAMEN – June 3 at 5:20 pm The Washington Post
Photo: UN Photo / S. Paris
Photo: UN Photo / S. Paris

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Freedom of Speech

the-evaluatordownloadFirst of all you obviously have no idea what it’s like to live life looking over your shoulder, to live in fear, to wake up every day not knowing if it will be your last day at work and fear having to go there, you have probably had everything handed to you on a silver platter.

To be verbally, mentally or physically assaulted and abused while at work, at the doctor’s office, at your local grocery store, no matter where you go.

To look at your bank account to see money missing or an anonymous charge of $1,000 charged to your credit card that you didn’t make and have to make that payment because your bank and all complaints are ignored.

To be continually fired and or forced out of your job for no reason at all.

To be afraid to walk to the corner store and have shady characters follow you and threaten you.

tongueTo be totally defamed and Cyber-Bullied on your social media sites, by words that really have no truth and are hearsay.

To basically have all your human rights denied, not really knowing why, but one right I will exercise is my Freedom of Speech and tell my story, even if it don’t want to be heard.

I suffered in silence but I shall no longer, I have lived this way for most of my life but always smiled and said nothing.

Well since I found my faith, I got the courage and strenght to put my foot down and say no more.

imagesIf you feel that you have to go along with them so as not to fall a victim of the same result, than you are no better then they are, so I will say if you redirect the spot light on the criminal or criminal act they seem to dissipate…or crawl back in their hole.

The one main point we fail to realize here is that this country “CANADA”
has legislation (laws) to protect us from this kind of torture, so do legislation bring relief? I think not.

If I shall die this way, I’m going to make sure the world knows my whole story and if my efforts prevents anyone else from experiencing the same faith and life I’ve lived, then I shall die happy and in Peace.

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The Evaluator

Happy-sunday-awesome-picdownloadHappy Sunday everyone, well tomorrow I start The Web Essentials Advanced program at “Canadian Society for Social Development, CSSD” and “Selkirk College” which is part two and a continuation of the Web Essentials program which I started on Nov 4, 2013.

Like many of us “ONLINE” training and higher education is questionable, I will offer my evaluation and a first hand account of the experiences of that and this new journey of “Web Essentials Advanced ” a summary and the raw truth, that which is exactly what you will read here at The New Bullying Prevention, you certainly won’t want to miss….

smiley-face-brushing-teeth-13184153Also finally I had to be proactive, I recently was forced to pay a visit to see my Dentist and want to say to them “Thank you” very much for taking time out of your busy schedule to fit me in, that which unfortunately didn’t go without incident.

At this link is the evaluation of “Algonquin Careers Academy” from two years ago, an account of the Bullying I experienced while attending, check it out they only get better; or worst as I like to refer to the Bullying.

Also I almost forgot (as if) a substantial award will be paid to those with legitimate evidence and or stories that come forward and take a stand against Bullying, courtesy of a soul with a heart, also I want to take this time to thank those whom have already took a stand in the pass.

14 - 1Watch for these two of many more evaluations to follow…I have found my calling..a shame really how people jeapordise their very own lives based on what they only believe to be truth…you do know they are sitting back in their big leather chairs laughing at you, wondering who their next victim will be after all it’s what they do best “Turn the people on each other” it shocks me how many of us are still stupid to that fact….

One to Ponder Over; Do you believe the media is selective of news they report or do they report what the people need to know?; With all the illegal and criminal actions, assaults that have been committed against me for more than ten years which I have put before the media, but it and myself has been “IGNORED”, YOU DECIDE………..

So with that being said, have a Awesome day..”The Evaluator” 🙂

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Canadian teenager “Olympic luger comes out as gay”

John-Fennell-CRED-TwitterCanadian Olympic luger John Fennell came out yesterday on his 19th birthday.
In an interview with the Calgery Herald, Fennell openly discussed his sexuality.
The Olympic athlete represented Canada in the luge at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.
He referred to being in the closet as “an all consuming paranoia of who could find out through what means.”
Fennell said: “Being in the closet is suffocating. You have to play this game of, ‘who knows?’ You can’t let off any vibes or secrets. You have to act super macho. You have to be hyper aware of your mannerisms and to not let off any vibes that could get detected. It’s very exhausting.”

When talking about being gay, he said: It’s something I was aware of, but something I didn’t act upon for a long time.

“It was something I tried to hide. I dated girls in high school. Being in an athletic culture, there’s a certain amount of bravado you have to uphold, so it’s something I really suppressed about myself.”
Fennell has received ample of support from his fans following his announcement, thanking them on his Twitter.

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UK: Teen jailed for attacking gay man as he waited for victim outside Co-op shop

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A teenager has been jailed for 21 months for a homophobic attack on a gay man in Hertford.
The Hertfordshire Mercury reports Daniel Keem, 18, attacked his victim after targeting him with a series of homophobic slurs.
Giving evidence at St Albans Crown Court, the victim said he recognised Keem among a group of several youths as he walked into a Co-op store in Fleming Crescent, Hertford.
The victim said: “He shouted [abuse] I just ignored it and walked into the shop. I don’t normally respond to it. It encourages homophobia.”
Inside the shop the victim said the assistant, a neighbour called Lucy, had heard the abuse and asked if he wanted to leave by an alternative exit.
He decided to leave by the front door and heard Keem use another homophobic insult, but continued walking.
The man said Keem has verbally abused him in previous occasions.
As the victim made his way down a road he was approached by two men who pushed him into a bush.
He was then punched and kicked, leaving him with injuries including swelling to the right eye, a cut above the eyebrow and a swollen nose.
On Wednesday, Keem, of Hertford, admitted causing actual bodily harm on 10 October last year.
Recorder David Mayall sentenced him to 21 months’ detention.
Mr Mayall rejected Keem’s claim that he had not used homophobic language during the incident.

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