On the 9th December 2013, the United Nations published a video to mark the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”.
The video focuses on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across the world. Although showing progress on issues such as discrimination, it highlights the fact that 76 countries still criminalise same-sex relations. Unfortunately, this figure is already out of date due to India’s recent Supreme Court ruling that re-criminalised same-sex relationships, increasing the number to 77.
This also doesn’t take into account Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law, which ultimately bans the discussion of homosexuality in public and prevents LGBT support services for people under the age of 18.