In January 2006 three LGBT groups were denied the right to a fair hearing on their application for consultative status to the UN's Economic and Social Council. The US aligned itself with severely oppressive regimes including Iran, China, Sudan and Zimbabwe prompting an Amnesty International campaign pressuring Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to change the US position and grant LGBT rights groups a voice at the United Nations. The US reversed its stance and on December 11, 2006 the applications were approved allowing the groups to be able to directly raise human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity at the United Nations. Read the ECOSOC press release »
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Honduras: Sex Workers Targeted and Killed (UA 7/14)
A transgender sex worker was killed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on 7 January. Nine similar killings have occurred in the city since December. Investigations into these attacks are imperative.
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