In his message on the occasion of Human Rights Day, observed on December 10, Ban said the global body denounces all attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or intersex people.
"We oppose all arrests, imprisonments and discrimination they suffer. And we recommit ourselves to building a world of freedom and equality for all," the UN Secretary General said. He said the key to success in promoting human rights is the political will of member states. "It is states, in the first instance, that are obliged to protect human rights and prevent violations at a national level, and to stand up when other states fail to live up to their commitments," he said.
The American Jewish World Service (AJWS), a Jewish international human rights and development organization, expressed deep disappointment with the decision of the Supreme Court to overturn a 2009 Delhi High Court ruling, creating a legal precedent to decriminalize homosexuality in India. "The Supreme Court ruling...is a miscarriage of justice," program officer Javid Syed said.
Despite the ruling, AJWS would "not waver in its support of the struggle of our partners in India who have already won over the hearts and minds of so many people in support of LGBT rights," he said. Syed said the important social acceptance that activists have won over the last four years would not be erased by the court ruling and expressed hope that human rights would ultimately triumph and values of equality enshrined in the Indian constitution would prevail. (PTI)