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Grief and outrage at mass homophobic shootings in Orlando

“The targeting of a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, this weekend in a mass shooting is a horrific act of hate and of terror. The massacre of 50 innocent people and wounding of at least 50 more cannot be borne,” said Jonas Gunnarsson (Sweden, SOC), General rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people. “I extend my deepest condolences to all the victims and their families.”

“On 17 May, the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination condemned the continuing violence that LGBT people face and emphasised the need to keep up the fight against such hatred. We must work together urgently to create a world in which no one is targeted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”