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UN chief urges all to 'raise voices' against attacks on gay people

Published on Feb 6, 2014 2:07 PM

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said on Thursday "we must all raise our voices" against attacks on gays, as he addressed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) one day before the start of the Olympic Games in Sochi.

"Many professional athletes, gay and straight, are speaking out against prejudice," Mr Ban told the session of the IOC in Sochi in a keynote address.

"We must all raise our voices against attacks on lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender or intersex people. We must oppose the arrest, imprisonment and discriminatory restrictions they face," he added.

Mr Ban did not specifically address the situation in Russia, where last year parliament passed a hugely controversial law banning the dissemination of "gay propaganda" to minors.

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