UUA International Blog Archive
UUA International Blog Archive
International Engagement & Building Peace
  • Celebration and Resistance During Pride Month Around the World

    Throughout the month of June, LGBTQ Pride was celebrated around the world - in some places the tone was more celebratory than others, where the month was a time for political advocacy to push for LGBTQ human rights.
    By Louise Bednarik | 7/2/2018
  • Forced Migration due to Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

    Discussion of a recent event and what we can do about forced migration due to oppression based on real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office and the All Souls Church NYC Peace and Justice Task Force.
    By Longjam Singh | 3/7/2018
  • Denouncing United States Vote Against Death Penalty Ban at the United Nations

    On Friday, September 29, the Human Rights Council voted in favor of a resolution which condemned the “imposition of the death penalty as a sanction for specific forms of conduct, such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations.” The Independent reported...
    By Bruce Knotts | 10/4/2017
  • The Chechen Genocide and Global Fight for LGBTQ Rights

    In April of this year, reports surfaced that the Chechen government had begun to out, detain, torture, and kill any Chechen man who is perceived as gay or bisexual.
    By Kate Mays | 7/11/2017
  • First in Asia: Progress towards Marriage Equality in Taiwan

    For the past two years, it has been my honor to chair the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, which represents about 1,500 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) affiliated with the Department of Public Information (DPI) at the United Nations. For many years, the chair of the NGO/DPI...
    By Bruce Knotts | 5/8/2017
  • Asian LGBT Communities: Creating Safe and Tolerant Space

  • The Future of Human Rights Protection at the United Nations

    A troubling new initiative has just been proposed at the United Nations which threatens all human rights protection, but focused on sexual orientation/gender identity human rights. On Monday, the NGO Committee on Human Rights, of which I am a co-chair, met the newly appointed...
    By Bruce Knotts | 11/14/2016
  • Joint Activism: Working Together for Human Rights and Dignity

    At the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO), we work to ensure that all people’s human rights are upheld and respected, no matter who they are or what their circumstances. Although advocacy areas are often separated, with some organizations and people working to...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 8/8/2016
  • A Recap of the International Human Rights Work at the UU-UNO in 2014

    December 10th is International Human Rights Day . Guided by our principles, Unitarian Universalists are called to advocate for international human rights; to be a voice for the voiceless by promoting the inherent worth and dignity of all living things. Our Unitarian...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/10/2014
  • LOVE REACHED OUT: UU-UNO General Assembly Recap

    Thank you for joining the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office during our General Assembly 2014 Events! UU-UNO Director, Bruce Knotts , spoke at LGBTQ and Immigration - An Intersection of Human Rights , hosted by UURISE , on Thursday, June 26th. Bruce discussed the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 7/28/2014
  • Join the UU-UNO at General Assembly!

    Please join the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office during our General Assembly 2014 Events! UU-UNO Director, Bruce Knotts , will be speaking at LGBTQ and Immigration - An Intersection of Human Rights , hosted by UURISE , on Thursday, June 26th, from 12:30pm-1:45pm (...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 5/20/2014
  • An Open Letter to World Leaders

    Calling to end pushing LGBTIs into double victimization! First, donors do not fund LGBTI support programs (except few exceptions over the recent years and its too little). Second, donors continue funding governments ignoring their human rights violations against LGBTIs. As an...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/5/2014
  • Uganda and Beyond

    by Val Kalende ( Reposted from the Huffington Post) Uganda's "jail the gays" bill will likely become law anytime soon perhaps as soon as this week. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has promised Ugandans that he will assent to the bill after receiving medical evidence from...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/4/2014
  • Basic Freedoms in a Homophobic World

    On February 27th, 2014 the NGO Committee on Human Rights and Unitarian Univeralist United Nations Office held a panel discussion on Homophobia around the world.The panel centered on actions taken by the Russian, Ugandan, Nigerian, and Indian governments against the LGBTQIA...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 3/4/2014
  • Groundbreaking Event on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts: A Recap

    The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office organizes a groundbreaking discussion on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts! Selling the Promise of Change: International Health and Policy Consequences of Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) Jan 31st 1-3 @ United Nations...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 2/15/2013
  • New York City Bar Association Hosts Public Forum on LGBT Rights in Africa

    Re-posted from the 44th Street Blog , the official blog for the New York Bar: On April 23rd, the New York City Bar Association hosted a public forum called “LGBT Rights as Human Rights: Recent Legal Developments in Africa,” which considered developments in LGBT rights in...
    By Bruce Knotts | 4/25/2012
  • UU-UNO Director’s April Report

    Race and Immigration We are just days away from the UU-UNO annual Spring Seminar, where we will spend three days examining global immigration from the perspective of race. Around the world, migrants are treated differently because of their race. Perhaps in most cases, people of...
    By Bruce Knotts | 4/10/2012
  • Love Beyond Borders – Advent of the New Movement

    From the day of its inception, the UU-UNO Love Beyond Borders campaign has focused on creating an allied response to global LGBT/SOGI issues. (LGBT=Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender is the term most used in the United States; SOGI=Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity is the term...
    By Bruce Knotts | 2/24/2012
  • You Gotta Have Faith: Bruce Knotts stands up for gays at the UN

    By Jordan Arseneaulton Reposted from 2B Online : Unitarian Delegate to the United Nations Bruce Knotts on patience, persistence, and religious responses to the global homophobia epidemic. His Compass for Compassion coalition of faith leaders and diplomats are trying to fight the...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 1/20/2012
  • Update on LGBT Human Rights in the Political Sphere

    Hillary Clinton US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a historic speech outlining LGBT rights as human rights at the UN. Presidential Memorandum The White House issued a Presidential Memo setting on LGBT rights , specifically confirming the US government’s obligation to...
    By UUA International Resources Staff Group | 12/19/2011
  • UU-UNO Director's Monthly Report: December 2011

    In my last report , you read about our history making LGBT coalition to end global homophobia. We continue to meet via phone to work for justice. Just after our October 11-12 conference at Union Theological Seminary, the UU UNO launched into one of it busiest periods of work. It...
    By Bruce Knotts | 11/28/2011
  • Another History-Making Month: UUA United Nations Office Monthly Report for October

    We began the month with the opening of the UN General Assembly under intense security. The street where we work (44th street) was blocked by police and the only way we were allowed entry was by showing our UN badges. There were snipers on the roof of the UN, helicopters in the...
    By Bruce Knotts | 10/19/2011
  • UU Led UN LGBT Consultation Agrees To Next Steps

    In the Spring of 2009, Human Rights Watch called the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office and said that fundamentalist ministers and politicians were inflaming homophobic hatred in Uganda. Human Rights Watch asked the UU-UNO to form a coalition of progressive faith...
    By Bruce Knotts | 10/14/2011
  • Family Watch International Fights UN Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Human Rights Initiatives

    The UUA's United Nations Office has been following the very disturbing trend of American fundamentalist ministers and politicians stoking the flames of homophobic bigotry around the world. Countries of particular recent concern have been Uganda, Malawi, Jamaica and Nigeria....
    By Bruce Knotts | 8/26/2011

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