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  1. The Huffington Post gets it right with its headline: A Bit of Gay Bashing at the United Nations!

    The reference in the three-page draft came in the sixth of 22 paragraphs and urged investigations of all killings “committed for any discriminatory reason, including sexual orientation.” The provision was among many that had been proposed and analyzed by a “special rapporteur” (investigator) on the subject.

    Benin, the chair of the African group of nations, proposed the amendment and Morocco, on behalf of the Islamic Conference, argued that there was no foundation for gays in international human rights instruments as there was in cases of race, gender and religious discrimination.

    Finland, the main sponsor of the resolution, said the argument was unacceptable. And Nicola Freedman, the British representative, told the panel on Tuesday:

    “To accept this amendment would be to accept that this particularly vulnerable group of people do not deserve specific mention, perhaps even to suggest that they do not warrant the same protection from killings. To us this suggestion is an affront to equality and respect for human dignity.”

  2. ..I feel sick! I can’t believe what I’m reading!

  3. Does anyone seriously expect anything decent or rational out of any Islamic country regarding human rights? These countries are so far behind in terms of social, humanistic or judicial development as to render them living history. The non-Islamic members of the UN need to be much more forthright about these issues and refuse to pander to these murderous elements with it.

  4. Why are they even considering what ‘crime’ constitutes as an arbitrary execution when the official stance of the UN is abolition of capital punishment?
    This is what happens when rights are put to vote.

    So much for sticking to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  5. The UN is a laughing stock.

    Only backward countries think it’s the gold standard of diplomacy.

    Anyone with any intelligence knows the UN is a pathetic sop to dictators and religious maniacs.

    We should be like the US and ignore this useless bureaucratic affront to dignity and reason.

  6. Homophobes always ready to exempt themselves.

  7. We should know which member-countries were ABSENT from the vote.

  8. Jock S. Trap 19 Nov 2010, 10:28am

    Disgusting. One massive step back. It seems LGBT people are to remain targets so that countries like Uganda can force their laws to kill like all the other countries that do in the name of religion.

    There are too many shameful people living in this world, they hide behind the word religion. They use books to justify their cruel actions but they never see the irony of the fact it is themselves that are the Evil.

  9. Mihangel apYrs 19 Nov 2010, 10:56am

    UN resolutions aren’t worth the paper they’re written on unless backed by the USA, Russia, China.

    What was a noble aspiration has turned into farce, and the best-meaning intents corrupted or devalued by politics

  10. …and some people wonder why the gay community has to still get up and get vocal,petition and march for our equal rights! Well here you have a really most surprising example! The UN….gay bashing! A total step back in there world wide credability! Can some one, or Pink News, please print those countries who voted for this ammendment and those abstentions? Time to boycott countries like Morrocco ,for your sunshine hols,for even introducing this in the first place! SHAME ON YOU MORROCCO AND MALI!

  11. Jock S. Trap 19 Nov 2010, 11:22am

    Here is a list of all the countries that voted for this amendment:-

    Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brunei Dar-Salam, 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, 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, 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

    Countries that voted against:-

    Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, 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

    Countries that abstained:-

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

  12. Johnny, your ‘argument’ holds no water. Believe it or not, many African countries, including the ones that execute gay people (and the ones that voted for this amendment), are predominantly CHRISTIAN. ‘Brain’ is before ‘fingers’, ‘typing’ and ‘words’ in the dictionary. It would be advantageous if you make it come first in your life as well.

  13. No surprise there whatsoever. It should serve as a reminder of the danger of tolerantly importing intolerant cultures. As if a reminder should be needed.

  14. BenB, Islam is homophobic at root and stem. Some African countries are homophobic and ‘Christian’, however, Islamic countries are more likely to condemn to death their gay citizens than any other for no reason except that they are gay. Your childish insults do not change the fact that homophobic Islamic countries are exactly that. Christian homophobes will at every turn set aside their religious differences with the Islamics to promote the common homophobia they hold dear to both their religious beliefs, as we have just witnessed in the UN, but that doesn’t change the fact that Islam is fundamentally murderously homophobic and should be recognised and condemned for what it is.

  15. 21stCenturySpirituality 20 Nov 2010, 11:57pm

    Martin Luther King said ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’. This amendment will certainly have dire consequences around the world and must be challenged. A clear message needs to be made that killing or torturing someone because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered is not acceptable and at the very least morally and ethicly questionable. The vague and wishy washy amendment which has replaced ‘sexual orientation’ does not make this clear enough. Pressure must be put on the UN to review this amendment and produce a stronger emphasis that torture and killing of GLBT people is not acceptable in a civilised and evolved society.

  16. Lets be honest… the New Wording (its all it is) Encompasses more people, Gays & Lesbians are still protected.

    Look at the Final tally 165 Countries voted it in

  17. steve rogers 27 May 2011, 7:24am

    I have seen muslim hate attacks on gays. and they try to kill gays. now they will see it as the world says its ok to kill gays. keep your eyes open. and be careful. we are losing are freedom. Freedom look the word up!

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