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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

Zeid briefs HRC
High Commissioner Zeid briefs the UN Human Rights Council on the migration crises in Europe and Southeast Asia, as well as the situation in Burundi, South Sudan and Tunisia.

Protection of race and religion
UN rights experts raise alarm at the adoption of the Population Control Healthcare Bill in Myanmar, the first of four bills that seek to ‘protect race and religion’ in the country.

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.

Right to housing in Kosovo
A United Nations human rights expert group will carry out its third official visit to Peru to gather information on cases of enforced disappearances in the country (1-10 June 2015).

Darfur / Uncertain future for IDPs
UN expert Aristide Nononsi urges Sudan and the international community to create and maintain a safe and secure environment for the internally displaced in North and South Darfur.

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