Changes in gay laws

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LAWS out­law­ing con­sen­sual gay sex have been re­pealed in about 25 coun­tries in the past 20 years but more than 70 na­tions still have such pro­hi­bi­tions, a UN ex­pert has said.

Vi­tit Mun­tarb­horn, the body’s first in­de­pen­dent ex­pert in­ves­ti­gat­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion based on sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, said les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der peo­ple live in “a cru­cible of egre­gious vi­o­la­tions” of hu­man rights, en­dur­ing vi­o­lence and dis­crim­i­na­tion in parts of the world.

Ad­dress­ing a gen­eral as­sem­bly com­mit­tee, Mr Mun­tarb­horn noted “a global trend to­ward de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of con­sen­sual same-sex re­la­tions”.

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