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UN LGBT statement backed by 66 countries (but not US)
UN LGBT statement backed by 66 countries (but not US)
by Peter Tatchell - Courtesy of OutRage!

Sixty-six countries signed a joint statement in support of LGBT human rights, which was tabled at the United Nations General Assembly December 18, 2008.

The statement, which includes a call for the decriminalization of homosexuality worldwide, was read by Argentina.

"This was history in the making. Totally groundbreaking. It is the first time that the UN General Assembly has been presented with a statement in support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) human rights. Securing this statement at the UN is the result of an inspiring collective global effort by many LGBT and human rights organizations. Our collaboration, unity and solidarity have won us this success," said Peter Tatchell of the British LGBT human rights movement, OutRage!, which lobbied for countries to support the statement.

"To decriminalize homosexuality worldwide is a battle for human rights," added Louis-Georges Tin, the president and founder of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), which in 2006 initiated the global campaign to end the criminalization of same-sex relationships and secured the support of dozens of international public figures, ranging from Nobel Prize winners to writers, clergy, actors, musicians and academics.

"IDAHO has worked hard for two years to promote this issue. For us, this is a great achievement. I want to thank the many other people and organizations who have worked with us since the beginning, and more recently. I also want to remind everyone that ending the criminalization of same-sex love will be a long, hard battle. To love is not a crime."

"IDAHO expresses its particular appreciation to the French secretary of state for human rights, Ms. Rama Yade, for her role in organizing this statement and bringing it to the UN," said Mr. Tin.

Mr. Tatchell added:

"The original initiative for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality campaign came from the inspiring French black activist and Gay rights campaigner, Louis-Georges Tin, coordinator of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). He lobbied the French government, which agreed to take the lead in organizing the presentation of the statement at the UN.

"As well as IDAHO, I pay tribute to the contribution and lobbying of Amnesty International; ARC International; Center for Women's Global Leadership; COC Netherlands; Global Rights; Human Rights Watch; International Committee for IDAHO (the International Day Against Homophobia); International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC); International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association (ILGA); International Service for Human Rights; Pan Africa ILGA; and Public Services International.

"The UN statement goes much further than seeking the decriminalization of same-sex acts. It condemns all human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity, urges countries to protect the human rights of LGBT people and to bring to justice those who violate these rights, and calls for human rights defenders who oppose homophobic and Transphobic victimization to be allowed to carry out their advocacy and humanitarian work unimpeded.

"Although not binding on the member states, this UN statement of principle has immense symbolic value, given the six decades in which homophobic and Transphobic persecution has been ignored by the UN General Assembly.

"LGBT human rights have, however, been previously raised in other UN forums and commissions. In the 1994 decision Toonen v Australia, the UN Human Rights Committee ruled that sexual orientation is a status protected against discrimination by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

"Even today, not a single international human rights convention explicitly acknowledges the human rights of LGBT people. The right to physically love the person of one's choice is nowhere directly enshrined in any global humanitarian law. No convention specifically recognizes sexual rights as human rights. None offer explicit protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

"Some international human rights instruments have, of course, been interpreted to include sexual orientation, but this is not the same as the explicit prohibitions that exist concerning discrimination based on race, nationality, gender and so on.

"Currently, 86 countries (nearly half the nations on Earth) still have a total ban on male homosexuality and a smaller number also ban sex between women. The penalties in these countries range from a few years jail to life imprisonment. In at least seven countries or regions of countries (all under Islamist jurisdiction), the sentence is death, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Mauritania and parts of Nigeria and Pakistan," said Mr. Tatchell.

See the global survey of homophobia, published by the International Gay and Lesbian Association at www.ilga.org.

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