China urged to take action on LGBT+ rights after backing U.N. changes

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03/07/2019

China’s acceptance of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s recommendations on LGBT+ rights is a “milestone”, gay rights groups said on Thursday, urging Beijing to work with activists to tackle inequality. China this week agreed to five recommendations on LGBT+ issues made under the Council’s Universal Periodic Review, including adopting legislation banning discrimination within a year, said U.N. spokesman Rolando Gomez. The Geneva-based Council reports on alleged human rights violations in each U.N. member state every five years and is currently reviewing China. “This is very important for the LGBT community and could show a change in attitude towards LGBT issues from our government,” said an LGBT+ activist in China who asked to remain anonymous.

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