UN human rights chief: Global LGBTI fight is a ‘struggle’

The U.N.’s human rights chief on Thursday described the global LGBTI rights movement as a “struggle.”

“You cannot have progress without struggle,” said U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein during a U.N. Foundation roundtable at the Rayburn House Office Building that CNN Global Affairs Correspondent Elise Labott moderated. “There will be struggle and the majority will be against the struggle.”

“The idea that you pass a law or have a referendum and then it’s done is never that simple,” he added. “It’s constant fighting all the time.”

Al-Hussein — who is from Jordan — has led the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights since September 2014. Read more via Washington Blade