United Nations: The United Nations can only send a clear message on equal rights when its top agencies stop adopting anti-gay resolutions and stop promoting those who kill, persecute and criminalize gay people, says UN Watch, a human rights organization.
The UN Human Rights Council in June refused to oppose violence against the gay community but instead adopted a resolution entitled Protection of the Family.
“When democracies sought to expand the definition of family, the UNHRC’s anti-gay majority shut down all debate through a “No Action” motion, a measure used only once before in the entire history of the Council’s 46 regular and special sessions,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.
“All of this comes as the Council continues to adopt similar resolutions invoking “traditional values” which has been used by Russia, Nigeria and Uganda to justify anti-gay legislation,” Neuer said.
Recent UN decisions that “elevate and empower notorious perpetrators of anti-gay discrimination” Neuer said adding that such actions “send the worst message and only ensure the further undermining of fundamental human rights.”
The UN General Assembly also unanimously elected Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa, who supports his country’s infamously strict anti-gay laws, as president for the next year.
Saudi Arabia, which executes people for being gay, was recently elected to the UN Human Rights Council, as was the United Arab Emirates, which has similar laws.
Numerous of the other of the other 47 UNHRC member states have laws making same-sex relations illegal: Algeria, Botswana, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Maldives, Morocco, Namibia and Sierra Leone.
The UN Committee on NGOs, which oversees the work of human rights groups, also recently made Sudan its Vice-Chair, even though it executes gays.
Pakistan was made Chair, though its laws make same-sex relations illegal as do other committee members such as Burundi, India, Morocco, Mozambique, and Senegal.
ECOSOC, the United Nations Economic and Social Council that oversees the work of UN human rights commissions, includes Nigeria and Sudan, which execute gays and countries that make same-sex relations illegal such as Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Libya and Turkmenistan.
The UN Committee on the Status of Women includes Iran, Mauritania and Sudan, which also execute gay people and include countries such as Qatar, Somalia, and Yemen that make same-sex relations illegal.
UN Watch is a non-governmental organization based in Geneva whose mandate is to monitor the performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own Charter. UN Watch participates actively at the UN as an accredited NGO.
“While it would be unrealistic to ignore the UN’s weaknesses, we advocate finding ways to build on its strengths and use its limited resources effectively,” says the UN Watch website