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United Nations OK’s Killing the Gays

UPDATE: The United States has stepped in to restore the protection for sexual minorities.

Tomorrow is International Day Against Homophobia, and apparently the United Nations is celebrating by implicitly allowing killing of gays by stripping protections from sexual minorities.

Last week, the tiny West African nation of Benin proposed an amendement to eliminate sexual minorities from a resolution calling for adequate investigations of extrajudicial, arbitrary and summary executions based on discriminatory grounds. The resolution is meant to protect typically persecuted peoples, such as street children, human rights activists,  members of ethnic/religious groups, and for the past 10 years, sexual minorities.

Unbelievably, the amendment to the resolution was passed with a vote of 79 for, 70 against, 17 abstentions, and 26 absent.  This means that nations can no longer be reprimanded for killing gays and lesbians – or people who are accused to be gay and lesbian.

gay news, gay blog, homophobiaNo Muslim nations voted against the resolution, and the list of countries that voted for the resolution (full list below) included countries notorious for denying rights to gays and lesbians – and even encouraging violence: Afghanistan, Algeria, China, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, North Korea, Iran, Egypt, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Sudan, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

Also, as Thor Halvorssen from the Human Rights Foundation notes:

Add to this Bahamas, Belize (where you get 10 years for being gay), Jamaica (10 years of hard labor), Grenada (10 years), Guyana (life sentence), Saint Kitts and Nevis (10 years), Saint Lucia (10 years), Saint Vincent (10 years), South Africa (Apartheid? What apartheid?), and Morocco (ruled by a gay monarch!). They are all on the list of nations that do not think execution of gays and lesbians is worthy of condemnation or investigation.

Uganda has been at the center of the worldwide controversy of imprisoning and/or assaulting gay people for simply being themselves. Kasha Jacqueline courageously spoke recently at the Oslo Freedom Forum, risking retaliation, torture, and death to spread the word about the ongoing persecution of gays and lesbians in Uganda. Watch this, and you will be pissed off!

The United Nations claims to prevent genocides – never again! never another Holocaust! – and yet, time and again, this international body simply passes resolution after the fact, when the dead bodies are already piled high. What do we have to do to get the world to realize that gays and lesbians deserve basic human rights and fundamental protections? It’s incredible that the majority of nations believe that gays and lesbians to not deserve the basic right to life.

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In favor of the amendment to remove sexual orientation from the UN resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (79 nations):

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

Opposed to the UN amendment to remove sexual orientation from the resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (70 nations):

Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Micronesia (FS), Monaco, Montenegro, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela

Abstain (17 nations):

Antigua-Barbuda, Barbados, Belarus, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Colombia, Fiji, Mauritius, Mongolia, Papau New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Absent (26 nations):

Albania, Bolivia, Central African Republic, Chad, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Marshall Island, Mauritania, Nauru, Nicaragua, Palau, Sao Tome Principe, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Togo, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan

  • …..you have GOT to be kidding me. Oh Lord. What is this world coming to????

  •  That means there’s now a list of 79 countries I will never care to visit. 🙂

  •  See, stuff like this thoroughly upsets me. It makes me feel as if I have no place in this world.

    Reading every bit of this is making me depressed more and more. We’re doing nothing but backtracking, it seems like.

    And everyone wonders why I feel so suicidal. 

  •  HOW THE HELL DID THIS HAPPEN!?

  • Anonymous

     Our country shouldn’t send a single red cent to states that put members of our community to death.  I’m over this $#*!

  • Anonymous

    Wait wait. is this a joke or real? if this is real then this is FUKIN AWESOME!!!!!
     

  • Anonymous

    Wait wait. is this a joke or real? if this is real then this is FUKIN AWESOME!!!!!
     

  • bob

    Time to go Lynch some fags! or should i shoot them? no no boil them alive? Dismember them? how about decapitate? Yea i like that one. LET GO DECAPITATE SOME FAGS!
     

  • bob

    Time
    to go Lynch some fags! or should i shoot them? no no boil them alive?
    Dismember them? how about decapitate? Yea i like that one. LET GO
    DECAPITATE SOME FAGS! 

     

  •  wow I’m so effn furious! What the Hell is wrong with those people??Am so mad my home country voted for a despicable amendment like that!

  •  You might want to check the date on the article…which is from OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR. is there no fact check here?! If you followed the story LAST YEAR at all, then you would know that after this vote happened, another one happened where they restored LGBTs into resolution. Seriously…this is just sad. 

  •  the end……………

  • Sara Hunt

     Actually this happened back in November–look back at the original HuffPost article.

  • Jim

    Well…since the U.N. is – despite what they might think and what some might assert – a largely SYMBOLIC organization, what does this really mean? Because, as the piece points out, the countries who voted for this resolution don’t offer LGBT people protections anyway or punish them AND encourage violence against them. So that means – this is a little circuitous, but stay with me here – the U.N. has obviously never enforced that part of the resolution ANYWAY. Otherwise the offending nations nations would already have better records.

    Love ya U.B., but next controversy please. How about Newt “I-cheated-on two-wives-and-left-one-while-she-was-dying-in-the-hospital-because-I-‘love-my-country-too-much’-but-now-I’ve-converted-to-Catholicism-which-everyone-knows-means-I-can-pull-any-crap-I-want-and-I’m-cool-as-long-as-I-confess” Gingrich said over the weekend, “Barack Obama is the most successful food stamp President in U.S. history.” Seriously. He said that. And then, mere hours later on “Meet The Press,” when called on his not-in-any-way-veiled-racist-crap, said Obama “”follows the same destructive political model that destroyed the city of
    Detroit” AND “One of the central themes of this campaign is
    going to be paychecks versus food stamps.”

    He followed his jaw-dropping imitation of the late George Wallace by assuming the standard postion favored by schoolyard bullies, hardline uber-wealthy conservatives and their GOP lap dogs, reanimated redneck corpses (aka, the Tea Party), white supremacists, free-range mental patients (like Glenn Beck, John Stossel, David Brooks and Ann Coulter) and professional Phyllis Schlafly impersonator Elizabeth Hasselbeck when threatened with a rolled up newspaper for crapping all over the widely-held American value of unconditional equality – he played the victim. His response was, “That’s bizarre, this kind of automatic reference to racism.” Ummm, Newtie, all you left out was the word “uppity” and a visual aid depicting fried chicken and watermelon. Seriously. You actually think you can say things in public that those of us who have LIVED in the South KNOW to be racist euphemisms and get away with it? Please go back to writing your fourth grade straight-to-the-cut-out-rack “alternative historical fiction” where you belong and let those of us who live in the 21st Century get on with it

  • Scott Campbell

    Jay. For every person willing to set our cause back, there are 10 more who will rise up to defend it. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the triumphs when we are confronted with something as tragic as this.

    In the last 10 years, gay rights have come a very long way. It will get better as long as people continue to stand up and fight for equality, but there will be times like this, but we have to power though it.

    I feel very sad that you are feeling the way you are. I’m not sure what’s going on in your life, but please don’t give up. We need more people like you to give a shit.

    <3 Scott.

  • Strega

    This amendment was passed November of 2010. Why post it as if it just happened??  It is abhorrent thing the actual amendment..and should have never been passed but this article is full of misinformation.
    People…Google is our friend in such instances..this amendment comes up for renewal every two years.
    Check it out and see what we can do to change this.  Shame on this reporter for poor and incomplete reporting.

  • Malice Cristof

    This would actually be a big surprise if it hadn’t happened 6 months ago.

  • Anonymous

    He’s racist, anti-economic equality, anti- human rights, and he’s an overall slimeball.  We need to get more people to realize this, and to realize that Obama has done some awesome things that people on both sides of the political spectrum can appreciate. 

  • Anonymous

    Bob, if you only have negative things to say here, please leave.  There are plenty of people who share your views on conservative, right-wing-bigot sites.  This is a place of LGBTQ empowerment.  The very fact that you created a username and password to comment here, shows that you are struggling with some internal issues.  I would advise that you hire the help of mental health services before you further harm yourself or others. 

  • Anonymous

    Also, did you all know that some countries, like Uganda, rely almost exclusively on foreign aid?  Then they treat their citizens like dirt.  I’m willing to bet that our tax dollars go to fund most of the regimes that carry out these terrible policies.  

  •  The thing we need is reforming their government… but how to go on about that???

  • Luinne D’Llard

    So basically the third world hates us.  They can suck my wealthy gay first world dick.