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April 6, 2009

Human rights expert addresses UN

A leading human rights expert at The University of Nottingham School of Law addressed the United Nations recently, as part of a symposium to deliver a groundbreaking statement on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Professor Michael O’Flaherty, co-director of the Human Rights Law Centre at the University and member of the UN Human Rights Committee, was among a number of high profile speakers to appear at the symposium in New York.

The symposium was convened by a number of UN member states at the UN headquarters to mark the delivery of the statement, by 66 member states to the UN General Assembly, which called for comprehensive protection from discrimination, full enjoyment of human rights and accountability and justice for the violation of human rights because of anyone’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. An additional 60 states, while not joining in the statement, affirmed the principle of universality of human rights and rejected all forms of discrimination, intolerance and abuse.

Professor O’Flaherty is director of the School’s LLM Human Rights. In addition to his other teaching on this programme, his module 'International Human Rights Field Operations: Law in Practice' is the only course of its kind in the world.

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