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UN votes to reinstate resolution condemning execution of gays

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  1. Ohhhh… heaves a sigh of relief.

    That was a complete foolish move and would have rubbished the few achievements made in this regard.

    Now Obama is nearly getting them all at the same time… better prove.

  2. acmeon@gmail.com 22 Dec 2010, 12:07am

    Now the UN should condem execuation by stoneing in the Arab countries who practice these ancient customs and religious nonsensical acts

  3. Hooray!!! Thanx Santa!

  4. paul canning 22 Dec 2010, 12:28am

    This is a big deal. Nearly 50 countries shifted and some amazing stuff happened.

    Rwanda gave an incredible speech, Kuwait voted FOR and Saudi Arabia abstained
    http://madikazemi.blogspot.com/2010/12/big-victory-for-usa-in-fresh-united.html

  5. Fantastic news….

    Do we know how our rights are going to be safeguarded in Qatar in the world cup yet?

    Hate the choice of Qatar but it’s an amazing opportunity as well!!!

  6. It’s a Christmas miracle!
    Actually wait, it’s just common sense.
    Either way, wúp, wúp!!

  7. Someone has put the heavy on these ‘rogue’ African and Arab countries and thank goodness for the internet because people can rally and react so quickly to help protect individual freedoms and rights!

  8. a quick turnabout, and not a minute too soon.

  9. paul canning 22 Dec 2010, 5:10am

    wrong on Kuwait, KSA

    full breakdown http://madikazemi.blogspot.com/2010/12/big-victory-for-usa-in-fresh-united.html

    47 nations in total went in a positive direction. This is a quarter of the UN membership.

    * One third of African countries changed their vote positively, including Rwanda and Angola voting yes.
    * Almost the whole of the Caribbean changed their vote positively, including Jamaica.

    In the debate the most moving contribution was from the Rwandan delegate who said that a group does not need to be “legally defined” to be targeted for massacres and referenced his countries experience. “We can’t continue to hide our heads in the sand” he said.”These people have a right to life.”

  10. And the Zimbabwean government remains on the wrong side of history. Idiots!

  11. Jock S. Trap 22 Dec 2010, 7:43am

    Good news. Nice to see some coming to their senses again but shame on all those countries that still oppose this. Too should such disrespect to another human being is deplorable. As usual they use religious texts to justify murder.

  12. Jock S. Trap 22 Dec 2010, 8:27am

    Oops.. just woken up and released that should have read

    “To show such disrepect…”

    :)

  13. FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar and Russia both voted against this if course.

  14. I think it’s weird they miraculously chaned their opinion….
    I of course am happy they did, but cmon, isn’t it a lil strange??

  15. Most of the Caribbean and even jamaica changed their vote, “brown” envelopes spring to mind…..

  16. Great news, but it should never have been introduced in the first place. What the hell were they thinking of?

  17. Tim Hopkins 22 Dec 2010, 11:03am

    Jock there’s something seriously wrong with your union flag! At first I thought it was upside down, but actually the bottom half seems to be a mirror image of the top half which is not right! (Sorry that’s irrelevant to the story but it is the holidays)

  18. FANTASTIC NEWS!! Just shows what we can achieve when we put our hearts and minds into making a difference. Well done everyone who made their contribution. I was especially moved by the contribution from the Rwandan delegate who Paul Canning quoted. As a trans man I am aware that many trans people are not ‘legally defined’ as many of us live outside the boxes of legal binary gender. The reality of the horrors of the Rwandan experience show that it really is about fully accepting the right of the ‘other’ to live in this world we share together.

  19. It’s a good day :-)

  20. Governments have so far failed to include in the resolution mention of, or specific protection around, killings committed on the basis of gender identity. This is despite the fact that transgender people around the world are among those most vulnerable to violence and killings.

  21. Hmm this will make it easier to demand economic and trade sanctions against Uganda, when they introduce their genocidal Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

    The ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill is rumoured to be debated in Uganda in February.

  22. Great news, but we must remain on guard, these religious bigots don’t give up that easily.

  23. Great News…a bit sad that so many countries opposed this fundamental human principle.

    I was particularly shocked bu Turkey’s abstention. A European Union candidate, that struggles to show progress on the protection of human rights for its citizens, chose to abstain from this important voting. Shame.

    I really cannot understand why…

  24. Stan James 22 Dec 2010, 9:50pm

    This is a big deal in many ways. Although the UN seems toothless, we should note that various european courts and institutions have been at the forfront of getting rights for gay people in many places.

    And as an american living in America all my life, I would support the Europeans turning AmeriKKKA into a pariah until it provides for at least civil unions for gay people, and also puts in place hate speech laws.

    to criminalize the horror of the catholic church – so responsible for the mass murder by suicide of thousands of gay kids here every year.

  25. Small steps but noteworthy ones

  26. Like this will make one iota bit of difference.

    Does anyone take the UN seriously? They are a bunch of toothless bureaucrats that just shuffle bits of paper around that just argue with each other for years and eventually come out with some watered-down compromise that does absolutely bugger all.

    They should just dismiss the whole farce, knock the place down and build a fvcking car park.

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