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Jordan’s Prince Zeid appointed as new UN human rights chief

  • Mark Y

    Even though they are one of the few muslim countries who do not want to murder or imprison gay men and women, in a recent Pew Research Poll, on average, only 2% of the Jordanian population thought that homosexuality should be accepted. Maybe the Prince should start with educating his own country on human rights.

    Those in charge at the UN are becoming a bastion of inequality and bigotry.

    • Guest

      Some people can only moan

      • Mark Y

        And why would you celebrate when a Man is appointed head of the UN human rights who represents a country, 98% of which think that homosexuality shouldn’t be accepted?

        • Guest

          Maybe you should wait a bit before moaning

          • Jesus_Mohammed

            You need to learn about the great value of being pro-active. No “maybe” about it.

          • Jesus_Mohammed

            You need to learn about the great value of being pro-active. No “maybe” about it.

        • Rich

          I’d rather judge Prince Zeid by his own track record on discrimination against LBGTs, not on what 98% of his fellow Jordanians think. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find out much about the man, but if he’s an active proponent of LBGT rights in Jordan, he could be an excellent choice. In many ways, the job is much better suited for someone with direct, first-hand experience of the inequalities in the Middle East and Africa, than for a liberal Westerner. Maybe he is the person for the job.

          • kane

            indeed, most of comments here are based on ‘guilty by association’

          • kane

            indeed, most of comments here are based on ‘guilty by association’

        • Rich

          I’d rather judge Prince Zeid by his own track record on discrimination against LBGTs, not on what 98% of his fellow Jordanians think. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find out much about the man, but if he’s an active proponent of LBGT rights in Jordan, he could be an excellent choice. In many ways, the job is much better suited for someone with direct, first-hand experience of the inequalities in the Middle East and Africa, than for a liberal Westerner. Maybe he is the person for the job.

        • Steven Gregory

          “Guest” is obviously a troll — makes no point, expresses no opinion, and goads you. Don’t fall for it.

          • kane

            wouldnt that be the case with your comment? if i missed your deep analysis on the subject, my apologies

          • Steven Gregory

            Did my comment goad? Apology accepted.

          • kane

            well you definitely mumbled something

          • Steven Gregory

            You exist to annoy. Off my leg little dog.

          • kane

            and you never fail to disappoint, never mind eh

          • Steven Gregory

            Did my comment goad? Apology accepted.

        • Steven Gregory

          “Guest” is obviously a troll — makes no point, expresses no opinion, and goads you. Don’t fall for it.

    • Leonard Woodrow

      “Maybe the Prince should start with educating his own country on human rights.”

      Yes, indeed! It sounds as if their education in that respect is sadly lacking.

    • kane

      what happen to the benefit of the doubt? having 98% percent of population against homosexuality i commend jordanian authorities on not introducing populist measures criminalising lgbt

    • Merciful Zeus!

      Odd that only 2% are accepting of homosexuality when in all likelyhood more than 2% of the population is actually gay.

  • Halou

    Homosexuality legal and equal age of consent? Genuinely surprised.

    Prince Zeid is a big step down on his predecessor, and after Mr Uganda got given a senior place at the UN too, I’m not holding my hopes up.

    • Guest

      “Genuinely surprised.”

      Bigoted people often are, especially when something doesn’t fit the stereotype.

      • Mark Y

        Halou is probably surprised because 98% of countries which are predominantly muslim have laws which either want to murder of imprison gay men and women. So I can understand the surprise.

      • Another Guest

        Halou is very right to be surprised. Al_Arabiya reports that homosexuals in Jordan can be arrested at the discretion of the governors:
        http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/02/27/Jordan-arrests-10-gays-over-get-together-party.html
        Are you a spokesman for Prince Zeid by any chance?

        • kane

          ‘…For three years, a group of men were detained in high security prisons and mental health institutions under this power – without ever knowing the suspicions that kept them there, let alone having been convicted of any offence. they were allowed their own lawyers, but these lawyers were not allowed to see the material about their clients…’ Liberty,UK

          no, its not iran or north korea. its uk just 10 years ago

          • Another guest

            Typical tu quoque response from apologists of the cult of submission. Are you suggesting that gays in the uk were being arrested for attending a party with the intention of “getting to know each other”, as stated in the al arabiya article?

          • kane

            typical response from someone with stagnated intellect.

            i only pointed out that abuses of human rights by those in power can happen even in countries like uk

          • Another guest

            Typical tu quoque response from apologists of the cult of submission. Are you suggesting that gays in the uk were being arrested for attending a party with the intention of “getting to know each other”, as stated in the al arabiya article?

          • Another guest

            Typical tu quoque response from apologists of the cult of submission. Are you suggesting that gays in the uk were being arrested for attending a party with the intention of “getting to know each other”, as stated in the al arabiya article?

    • Martin R

      Don’t be too surprised as Jordan, at least the capital Amman, has gay bars unlike every other predominantly Muslim country.

  • Vladimir johnrus

    But i have never heard that he is homophobic ??? is he homophobic or what ???

    • Guest

      He was recommended by UN Secretary General, so maybe he is not that bothered.

      • Vladimir johnrus

        so you mean that he is not homophobic ??

        • Guest

          There is a good chance that he isn’t, but at the same time I wouldn’t expect him to gush about gays

          • Vladimir johnrus

            You dont have to worry,i did search on Google if he is homophobic or not and i didnt find anything ;)

          • Jesus_Mohammed

            You need to brush up your act. You’re coming across as a very low form of human life.

          • Jesus_Mohammed

            You need to brush up your act. You’re coming across as a very low form of human life.

  • atalanta

    Navi Pillay has been a first-rate Human Rights Commissioner, and is also an entirely decent human being.

    She will be a hard act for Prince Zeid to follow.

  • Rumbelow

    How come PN didn’t say, “The straight 50-year-old is a relative of Jordan’s royal family”
    After all you refer to George Michael as, “the gay singer”

  • kane

    for a change we should be positive about the fact that the the person is from the country that doesnt criminalise sexuality. knowing un it could have easily appointed cleric from iran

  • kane

    for a change we should be positive about the fact that the the person is from the country that doesnt criminalise sexuality. knowing un it could have easily appointed cleric from iran

  • Jesus_Mohammed

    Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein needs to vastly improve the situation for LGBTs in his own country before he turns his attention to anything else as part of his role in the UN. Unless he does, he will have no credibility.

  • Jesus_Mohammed

    Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein needs to vastly improve the situation for LGBTs in his own country before he turns his attention to anything else as part of his role in the UN. Unless he does, he will have no credibility.

  • Stephen

    Having a Jordanian as human rights chief will be good news for the millions of Palestinians being oppressed by the Israeli Apartheid regime in the illegally occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. .

  • Stephen

    Having a Jordanian as human rights chief will be good news for the millions of Palestinians being oppressed by the Israeli Apartheid regime in the illegally occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. .

  • Stephen

    Having a Jordanian as human rights chief will be good news for the millions of Palestinians being oppressed by the Israeli Apartheid regime in the illegally occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. .

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