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United Nations vote will lead to more LGBT murders, activists claim

Monday, November 22, 2010

A vote last week by the United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Committee has LGBT and human rights activists outraged over the decision to remove “sexual orientation” from a resolution that protects people from arbitrary executions.

The UN’s main assembly normally passes similar resolutions, condemning extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions and other killings every two years, and the most recent resolution in 2008 declaration had contained an specific reference to LGBT killings.

Representatives from the African nations of Morocco and Mali had introduced an amendment on behalf of other African and Islamic nations calling for deletion of the phrase “sexual orientation” and instead substituting the phrase “discriminatory reasons on any basis” in its place.

The amendment narrowly passed 79-70, and then was approved by the committee, which includes all 192 U.N. member states, with 165 in favor, 10 abstentions and no votes against.

The resolution will now go before the entire UN General Assembly in December and is expected to be adopted — it does specify other types of violence, including killings for racial, national, ethnic, religious or linguistic reasons and killings of refugees, indigenous people and other groups.

“It’s a step backwards and it’s extremely disappointing that some countries felt the need to remove the reference to sexual orientation, when sexual orientation is the very reason why so many people around the world have been subjected to violence,” said Philippe Bolopion of Human Rights Watch, in a statement.

Veteran UK LGBT activist Peter Tatchell in an interview with Britain’s pinknews.uk, Jessica Geen, said, “The move was a “shameful day in United Nations history” and would give a “de facto green light to the on-going murder of LGBT people by homophobic regimes, death squads and vigilantes.”

Tatchell said homophobic countries would “take comfort from the fact that the UN does not endorse the protection of LGBT people against hate-motivated murder,” and added, “The UN vote is in direct defiance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees equal treatment, non-discrimination and the right to life. What is the point of the UN if it refuses to uphold its own humanitarian values and declarations?”

“Many of the nations that voted for this amendment want to ensure that their anti-gay policies are not scrutinized or condemned by the UN. Even if they don’t directly sanction the killing of LGBT people, they have lined up alongside nations that do,” Tatchell said.

He also criticized the nations of South Africa and Cuba, who voted in favor of the amendment.

“Presidents Raul Castro and Jacob Zuma should hang their heads in shame. They’ve betrayed the liberation ideals that they profess to uphold,” Tatchell said.

In a statement from Stonewall, the London based UK LGBT Equality Rights organization said, “The vote by a UN panel to remove sexual orientation from this significant resolution is deeply disturbing. Lesbian, gay and bisexual people face violence, abuse and in some states, execution, because of their sexual orientation. This is a worrying and regressive step. We call on the UK government to lead from the front foot to end the persecution of gay people in other countries.”

A spokesman for U. S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, en route to a NATO Arms Summit in Lisbon on Thursday, expressed disappointment at the panel’s actions, noting that the U. S. delegation had opposed the change to the resolution and abstained from the final vote.

Following is the list of countries that voted to remove “sexual orientation” from the anti-execution resolution:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brunei Dar-Sala, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, China, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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14 more reader comments:

  1. First the U.N. legalized the murder and constant bombing of Jews in Israel, now the gays. Eventually, those who we may not allow to name would get us all.
    Well, the west had a good century, now back to the middle ages.

    Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 3:07pm
  2. THIS GOES AGAINST OUR CONSTITUTION. here in South Africa, we have a constitution that entrenches our rights as gay people to be free and equal, Who gave our representatives the right to make up their own rules and not follow our constitution. surely this governs them too?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 1:07am
  3. This is what happens when you give seats to third world asshole countries with terrible human rights records…they can all go to hell

    Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 2:33am
  4. holy fucking shit. this is disgusting. what the fuck are they smoking?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 2:40am
  5. id like england to pull out of the united nations . i cant see how any european nation can defend membership of such a homophobic organisation.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 3:06am
  6. This is what happens when you let the Arabs, who not only hate gays but jews, feminists, and non-muslims, to decide the vote of the UN. What's next? Complete removal of the Geneva Convention? Legalized Nuking? National Socialist Rebirth? It's a disgrace.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 11:13am
  7. "OLD ADOLPH" MUST BE GRINNING PROUDLY IN HELL OVER THIS ONE

    Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 2:24pm
  8. Cheer up, things are going to get worse. If the West keeps inviting Islam to exercise it’s influence, even the discussion of equality, freedom, or being anything but a hollow cookie cutter person who blindly supports a corrupt oligarchy, will become totally illegal (and potentially fatal).

    And what are we doing about it in the US? We are at the moment playing host to one of the most vile and contemptible potentates of them all. Apparently because even with all their vast wealth the Arabs do not even spend as much on good health care as this corporate profit run country. So the evil tyrant who runs their vile monarchy comes here for medical care. And it’s all lovy dovey in the right wing controlled press. Apparently some people think the backward days of rule by divine right is something they should support.

    Business interest, Murdoch controlled press, and the Xtian right can be counted on to applaud the atrocities all the way to the end.

    It is hardly surprising, in the US we have a general public so mind bogglingly ill informed that they thought the solution to our problems was more of the same shite that gave both this backward political climate and the financial mess that always goes right along with it. No one seems to have noticed that Republican obstructionist policy, which they freely admitted was their only agenda back in ’08, was the real problem.

    Add to that a so-called civil rights lawyer, who only pretends to be a Democrat in the white house, who some Muslims in Chicago called the messiah (apparently for good reason). Well, what can really be expected.

    At the moment the biggest surprise is that the US was not one of the countries siding with the neaderthals.

    Welcome to 1453 Byzantium, or is it 1478 Spain, or 1933 Germany? Tyranny, it all looks alike…………..

    Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 5:56pm
  9. gogogo islamofascist towelheads for civil tyranny

    Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 6:42pm
  10. Oh buggar. Marik… We better run…

    Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 10:30pm
  11. So, basically UN mandates about human rights are as usefull as toilet paper? Toilet paper is much softer though…

    Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 1:44pm
  12. OMG whats going on with this insane world..why should we run, why should we hide ourselves, why dont we have the same rights as the others.. Who gave them right to decide who should die and who shouldnt?? only because of different sexual preference?? come on, i am gay and i am proud of it. thats why should I die? This is 21th century and the only thing we are doing is going back. Whats next? lets go burn witches..if it goes further this way, nothing is gonna change…

    Posted on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 4:40pm
  13. @Alexander Your statement is just as biased and discriminatory as the amendment noted in the article. I see a list of countries there.. did you read through it?

    A very small portion of the countries listed there are "Arab" nations.

    If you expect people to treat you as an equal, you may want to start by cleaning up your own back yard. Fighting hate with hate only ends up in more hate. Its that typeof thinking that led to this kind of abomination in the first place.

    Posted on Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 9:38pm
  14. What a bunch of cumrags….

    Posted on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 4:59am