All rights reserved. Universal Declaration of Human Rights , Article 1. What is sexual orientation? Sexual orientation is an enduring emotional, romantic, sexual or affectional attraction to another person.
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Victory for Kenya's LGBT+ community as charity wins right to be recognized | Reuters
Everyone has the right to be respected and safe,  regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. Protection from violence, harassment and bullying is essential to ensure that all persons can fully enjoy all human rights. In many respects, the impact of verbal abuse, bullying and harassment is just as serious as physical violence. Everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, has the right to security of the person and to protection by the government against violence or bodily harm.
Victory for Kenya's LGBT+ community as charity wins right to be recognized
Despite progress in many areas over the last decades, people in Europe are still stigmatised because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex LGBTI persons cannot fully enjoy their universal human rights. They run a risk of becoming victims of hate crime and may not receive protection when attacked in the street by fellow citizens. Some LGBTI organisations are denied registration or are banned from organising peaceful meetings and demonstrations in Europe. Many LGBTI persons have fled to Council of Europe member states from countries where their human rights are not protected and they may even risk being tortured or executed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Homosexuality is illegal in 33 of Africa's 56 states. For the most part, the criminalisation of homosexuality in Africa is a direct result of colonialism, with much of the anti-homosexual legislation introduced by European states and remaining unchanged. They found that current punitive criminal laws against expressions of same sex intimacy were a major barrier to equality.