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UN urges African leaders to respect gay rights

RESPECT: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged African leaders to respect gay rights

UN SECRETARY general, Ban Ki-moon, has urged African countries to respect gay rights, it has been reported.

Mr Ban told an African Union (AU) summit that discrimination based on sexual orientation had been ignored, and in some cases, sanctioned by many states for too long.

"Confronting these discriminations is a challenge, but we must not give up on the ideas of the universal declaration of human rights," news agency, AFP, quoted him saying.

However it is believed that there were no immediate response from any African leaders following his speech.

Homosexuality is illegal in most African countries - a situation which has drawn increasing criticism from activists around the world.

In November, David Cameron warned the UK could reduce foreign aid to countries that refuse to recognise gay rights.

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