Vexen Crabtree (vexen) wrote,
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United Nations: USA Aligned With Iran in Anti-Gay Vote

Forget abortion and Guantanamo, the USA has increased its anti-gay stance internationally:

http://www.hrw.org/english/docs/2006/01/25/iran12535.htm

"In May 2005, the International Lesbian and Gay Association, which is based in Brussels, and the Danish gay rights group Landsforeningen for Bøsser og Lesbiske (LBL) applied for consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. Consultative status is the only official means by which non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world can influence and participate in discussions among member states at the United Nations. Nearly 3,000 groups enjoy this status."

"But, as of 2006 Jan... States opposed to the two groups’ applications moved to have them summarily dismissed, an almost unprecedented move at the UN, where organizations are ordinarily allowed to state their cases. The U.S. abstained on a vote which would have allowed the debate to continue and the groups to be heard. It then voted to reject the applications."

"As the U.S. government acknowledged in its 2004 country report on Iran, Iranian law punishes homosexual conduct between men with the death penalty". "The U.S. has reversed position since 2002, when it voted to support the International Lesbian and Gay Association’s request to have its status reviewed. Officials gave no explanation for the change."

Countries that voted against the applications included in total, apart from the USA: Cameroon, China, Cuba, Iran, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Senegal, Sudan, and Zimbabwe.


Why??
Tags: gay rights, politics, un, usa
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