French President François Hollande made an impassioned speech to the United Nations General Assembly yesterday calling for countries across the globe to end the criminalization of homosexuality. Echoing a commitment made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last year, Hollande said that France will work to ensure the citizens of all countries live free of persecution:
HOLLANDE: France will continue to engage in all these struggles: for the abolition of the death penalty, for women’s rights to equality and dignity, for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality, which should not be recognised as a crime but, on the contrary, recognized as a [sexual] orientation.
All members countries have the obligation to guarantee the security of their citizens, and if one nation adheres to this obligation, it is then imperative that we, the United Nations, facilitate the necessary means to make that guarantee. These are the issues that France will lead and defend in the United Nations. I say this with seriousness. When there is paralysis… and inaction, then injustice and intolerance can find their place.
Watch a clip of some of Hollande’s remarks: