GENEVA – The U.N.’s top human rights official has urged countries to abolish legal discrimination against gays, including the death penalty for consensual sex.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says governments should also outlaw all forms of abuse based on sexual orientation.
Navi Pillay’s appeal came in a report released Thursday to the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council.
In June, the Geneva-based body passed a resolution condemning for the first time anti-gay discrimination. It was hailed as historic by the United States, European countries and others, but decried by some African and Muslim nations.
Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen have the death penalty for same-sex relationships on their statute books.