Muslim nations block gay groups from UN Aids conference

2016-05-19 07:49


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United Nations - The US, EU and Canada are protesting a move to block gay and transgender groups from attending a high-level UN conference on AIDS.

A UN diplomat said a group of 51 Muslim nations asked that more than a dozen groups not be allowed to attend next month's conference. The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because the communications have been private.

In a letter to General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft, US Ambassador Samantha Power said transgender people are 49 times more likely to be living with the HIV virus that causes AIDS and their exclusion will impede progress in achieving an AIDS-free generation.

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