UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! The UN organization chooses to remove sexual orientation from those aspects of humanity which it safeguards! The UN organization itself!
We now MUST fight and shame the UN into reversing this appalling decision.
so the UN allowed a vote with homophobic countries on the panel is the UN crazy? This is terrible
I would suggest that representatives of each of the countries which supported the amendment be contacted and asked to clarify whether or not their government believes it is acceptable to discriminate on grounds of sexual orientation. In other words the new apparently all-encompassing wording, could be used to the advantage of naming and shaming hypocritical countries.
does this really mean much for us western countries? i mean i dont really get all this UN lark, does this now mean that countries can now kill lgbt people or what?
This isn’t so much about ‘what it means for Western countries’ (assuming, of course, none of them voted to support the amendment) but what it means for lesbian, gay, bisexual people who live in the countries who supported the amendment. What it does is give UN support to those countries that execute people BECAUSE and only because they are engaging in same sex relationships. From a human rights perspective, that means you can be murdered by the State for loving a person because they are the ‘wrong’ sex. As for people in Western countries, we had better not visit, holiday in, work or live in these countries, because clearly we are not welcome and, if we are there for any length of time, we might just fall foul of their disgusting legal system. You have been warned.
ah ok, i still dont see the point of even voting on such subject, those countries that voted for the change obviously already had homophobic veiws and would want to carry out homophobic acts anyway. i guess the troubling thing is, this passing of the amendment sort of gives them permission to do so. talk about a step backward. i just worry too much, i thought this meant that us lgbt people could fall foul of our legal system in the uk now it had been passed (although i do realise lgbt people can be put to death in europe!). however i do realise that my worry is nothing compared to those people in the countries that voted for it.
I’m assuming (perhaps wrongly) that the UN introduced the resolution as a means of (among other things) ending the executions of LGB people in some countries. However, it has backfired on them and this amendment will almost appear to legitimate such executions. The road to Hell, as someone once said, is paved with good intentions…
Sad and disgraceful … especially South Africa voting in favour. Wouldn’t you think that those who for years [and with the help and support of people all over the world] suffered grievously from, and fought against racial apartheid would know better than to vote in favour of sexual apartheid!!!
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
Unless we stand up to these religious bigots (especially the Islamic ones) we shall be dragged back to the dark ages.
This will give joy to the religious cults and other right wing political groups around the world for sure. Absolutely disgraceful and despicable.
What about the countries who were absent??
What does the UN know? Instead of increasing protection to gay people, it works to remove it. Disgusting, the news has further destroyed any faith I have in the human race, which was not much anyway.
South Africa! South Africa!! South Africa voted in favor of the word change, huh? And Cuba too! What’s with all this warm and fuzzy talk about equality for gays coming out of that time warped, festering little sh*t hole island of humanity, Cuba.
And then we have South Africa, which is slowly, no, let me correct myself, swiftly)!) slipping backwards toward were Cuba already is, a purgatorial malaise of nothingness.
As for these two countries I say, actions speak louder than words. Cowards!
I wonder how many pieces of gold (Judas) South Africa got from the Organization of African Unity for voting in favor of this word change.
Ron753 we are already being dragged back into the dark ages….its called ‘cultural relativism’. I’m a tolerant, liberal and open minded gay man but I’m no longer ashamed to say that my tolerance and open mindedness is being very quickly eroded away by exactly this type of illiberal + hypocritical subservience to cultural and religious Fascism. In Africa the homophobic agenda is being peddled by a dangerous and aggressive re-activism by the Christian American far right. In Islamic countries (and now in Europe) homophobia is being fuelled by the growing menace of Islamofascism. Western apologists conveniently silence criticism by shouting Islamophobia but the truth is, whatever cultural or ideological guise it takes, this type of openly discriminatory and now officially sanctioned prejudice is part of a slow and creeping trend. We are a scapegoat group, easily expendable by the UN to placate the bullies from the Islamic world and make Africa feel better about its imperialist past.
What Damian said.
I see a WAR the right wing idiots against the rest world
Truly, Eleanor Roosevelt and the wisdom that created the United Nations is long dead and gone. It is time the UN was disbanded as it has become nothing more than a marketing medium for tyranny and barbarism. We do not need the help to hurl us faster back to the dark ages where middle eastern religion and the oligarchy that uses it to control people is taking us.
We all need to keep a list of the countries that stood behind human rights and common sense. We need to only support these countries. We need to read labels. If it does not come from one of the better countries, DON’T buy it, DON’T travel to it, DON’T do business with it. NO MORE EXCUSES! There is always another way and most of the time is will only take a few minutes of extra shopping and you will have a better product that lasts longer anyway and helps to make the world a better place.
Within your own country you need to only support the places that support you.
And to all the gay designers and other fools who think it is acceptable to open stores in evil places like Dubai, we need to stop buying from you too. You want to be really fashionable, try some new young designer from a better country who has not sold their soul for money.
Use your damn car as little as possible. And if you have to buy gas, buy from companies like CITGO, that oil at least comes from Venezuela, they are not totally terrific, but at least they are trying.
Send the tyrants back to the poverty they came from, if that does not change their mind at least it will make them less likely to be able to destroy the world.
The 26 countries that were ‘absent’:-
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,
I never thought I’d be saying this, but I think the future for gay people all over the world is pretty bleak. Even in Europe, the growing influence of Islam will have a detrimental affect on us over the next few decades.
So third world African Catholic countries and Middle eastern Islamic countries want the right to kill same sex couples
And developed educated countries don’t.
And some of you defend Islam. What a joke.
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.
What with what your saying and the events happening with the large ‘Gay Free Zones’ posters going up in Tower Hamlets, ie on our very doorstep, I think the message of Gay Prides each year Has to grow stronger again. Too many are letting it go, myself included to a point, that it is just a party but recently it has become obvious that if we are not careful things will go backwards and we all have a duty to make our voices heard and heard as loud as possible.
“Introduced by Morocco and Mali”
no more Morocco or Mali vacations please !!
Damn those deluded Muslims and crackpot extremist Christians.
I had to read this article twice because I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Why on earth has this gone through? The previous wording was fine – why would anyone seek to dilute it and make it vague except for homophobic reasons (please give us permission to discriminate against LGBT people)?
Jock S Trap – thank you for that list of countries. I’m keeping that. I agree that boycotting anything from those countries that voted in favour of this is a good idea. It might only be a small step but every little helps.
Shame on UN, they are commiting the biggest crime ever. They should make a petition againts this.