Friday, May 19, 2006

United Nations: LGBT groups rejected from the UN

Two more LGBT groups have been rejected from having status in the United Nations. The Lesbian and Gay Federation from Germany and, the European chapter of the International Lesbian and Gay Association were rejected in the UN Economic and Social committee on NGOs. This comes after two other LGBT groups were rejected earlier this year. The reason had nothing to do with the group requirements, but due to homophobia and transphobia which is concentrated in the powerful countries. Earlier this year the United States voted against the groups however, they have actually changed their view and voted in favour this round.

The irony of the United Nations on LGBT rights is that the oppressors are the ones that decide, though this is a problem for more then just LGBT rights in the United Nations. The votes were Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Peru, Romania and the United States for the groups, Cameroon, China, Iran, Ivory Coast, Pakistan, Russia, Senegal, Sudan and Zimbabwe voted against the groups and, India and Turkey abstained. In Sudan and Iran homosexuals are killed by the state, in Cameroon, India, Pakistan, Senegal, and Zimbabwe homosexuals are sent to jail and China just likes to curtail anyone's human rights. How can the countries committing the crimes be expected to fix them.

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