On November 16, 2010 the United Nations voted to allow lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals to be executed without cause.
Yes, you read that right.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people were once again subject to the whims of homophobia and religious and cultural extremism, thanks to a United Nations vote that removed “sexual orientation” from a resolution that protects people from arbitrary executions. In other words, the UN General Assembly this week voted to allow LGBT people to be executed without cause.
According to the International Gay and Lesbians Human Rights Commission, the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee on Social, Cultural and Humanitarian issues removed “sexual orientation” from a resolution addressing extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions this past week in a vote that was overwhelming represented by a majority of African, Middle East and Carribean nations. For a UN committee that addresses human rights questions that affect people all over the world, by removing protections for LGBT persons from a category of arbitrary executions, belies the objective and purpose of a committee whose focus this year is “on the examination of human rights questions,” according to its website.
It is critical to send a clear message to the United Nations that the world will not sit idly by and allow the UN to abandon and refuse to protect helpless LGBT individuals around the world. The UN must hear us loud and clear, and they must hear us now.
- United Nations Secretary-General
It is with great dismay with which I contact you today after learning that the United Nations has recently voted to remove “sexual orientation” from a resolution that protects people from arbitrary executions. This recent vote is contrary to everything that the United Nations stands for and is a gross violation to basic human rights. No person or persons should be subjected to arbitrary executions regardless of their status. Each and every human being deserves to be protected from acts of murder.
In the past, the United Nations has stood up and come to the aid of helpless people, defending them from genocide and murder. With this vote, and with the influence it has worldwide, the UN has opened the door and invited arbitrary executions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals worldwide. It appalls me that the UN, whom supposedly stands to protect human rights, would vote to create a group of unprotected humans which will be subjected to death.
I am writing today to demand that the United Nations immediately reverse their vote to remove “sexual orientation” from the resolution protecting humans from arbitrary executions and work to protect ALL human beings regardless of their race, color, creed, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, sexual identity or other status classifications. This kind of behavior is unacceptable from an organization that claims to protect humanity.
I urge you to be a leader for human rights and do the right thing: Protect all people from arbitrary executions.
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