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#1 David Puddy

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 12:09 AM

http://hrw.org/engli...5/iran12535.htm

United Nations: U.S. Aligned With Iran in Anti-Gay Vote
Rice Must Explain Repressive UN Ban on LGBT Rights Groups

(Washington, D.C., January 25, 2006) - In a reversal of policy, the United States on Monday backed an Iranian initiative to deny United Nations consultative status to organizations working to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. In a letter to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, a coalition of 39 organizations, led by the Human Rights Campaign, Human Rights Watch, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, called for an explanation of the vote which aligned the United States with governments that have long repressed the rights of sexual minorities.

“This vote is an aggressive assault by the U.S. government on the right of sexual minorities to be heard,” said Scott Long, director of the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch. “It is astonishing that the Bush administration would align itself with Sudan, China, Iran and Zimbabwe in a coalition of the homophobic.”

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.

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.

“The United States recklessly ignored its own reporting proving the need for international support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “The State Department’s ‘Country Reports on Human Rights Practices’ show severe human rights violations based on gender identity and sexual orientation occur around the world.”

As the U.S. government acknowledged in its 2004 country report on Iran, Iranian law punishes homosexual conduct between men with the death penalty. Human Rights Watch has documented four cases of arrests, flogging, or execution of gay men in Iran since 2003. In its 2004 country report on Zimbabwe, the U.S. government noted President Robert Mugabe’s public denouncement of homosexuals, blaming them for “Africa's ills.” In the past, Mugabe has called gays and lesbians “people without rights” and “worse than dogs and pigs.”
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.

“It is deeply disturbing that, at the UN, the United States has shifted gears toward an aggressive stance against human rights for LGBT people,” said Paula Ettelbrick, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. “Unfortunately, denying LGBT groups a voice and a presence within the United Nations – the world's most important human rights institution – is fully in keeping with the U.S.’s assault on basic human rights principles worldwide.”

In voting against the applications to the NGO committee, the U.S. was joined by Cameroon, China, Cuba, Iran, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Senegal, Sudan, and Zimbabwe. Votes in favor of consultative status came from Chile, France, Germany, Peru, and Romania. Colombia, India, and Turkey abstained, while Côte d'Ivoire was absent.

“It is an absolute outrage that the United States has chosen to align itself with oppressive governments – all in an effort to smother the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world,” said Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “It is deeply disturbing that the self-proclaimed ‘leader of the free world’ will ally with bigots at the drop of a hat to advance the right wing’s anti-gay agenda.”

In addition to the Human Rights Campaign, Human Rights Watch, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the organizations signing the letter are:

Advocates for Youth
Al-Fatiha Foundation for LGBT Muslims
Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, Yale Law School
Amnesty International USA
Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)
Center for Women’s Global Leadership
Colombian Lesbian and Gay Association (COLEGA)
Congregation Beth Simchat Torah
Equality Now
Family Care International
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
Gay Men’s Health Crisis
Global Rights
Immigration Equality
International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, City University of New York School of Law
Ipas
Jan Hus Church
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
Latino Commission on AIDS
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
Legal Momentum
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (New York City)
MADRE
Mano a Mano
Metropolitan Community Churches
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Coalition Building Institute Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Caucus
National Center for Lesbian Rights
New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition
Open Society Institute
Queer Progressive Agenda
Queers for Economic Justice
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S.
Women's Environment and Development Organization
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 04:56 PM

Boy I really want the US to be aligned with the 'Queer Progressive Agenda'
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 04:59 PM

Obviously you're not objecting to being aligned with a Taliban-esque government.
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 05:00 PM

Boy I really want the US to be aligned with the 'Queer Progressive Agenda'

You prefer to be with Iran, China, and the Sudan? Really?
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 07:09 PM

Boy I really want the US to be aligned with the 'Queer Progressive Agenda'


What exactly is this Queer Agenda, Jimmy?


This should be interesting.
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 10:13 PM

What exactly is this Queer Agenda, Jimmy?
This should be interesting.

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What's the literature say? You are enlightened, maybe you can tell me.

And no to the other posters.
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 11:35 PM

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What's the literature say? You are enlightened, maybe you can tell me.

And no to the other posters.

The Queer Agenda, hmm, one of my friends showed me a copy once. Oh, here it is. Don't let anyone know I showed you.
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Posted 27 January 2006 - 12:29 AM

If true, it may be perhaps a well played political strategy by this administration. The Gay & Lesbian groups now get all huffy and mad and latch onto their more attentive lobbied Dems, presuring them to speak out more about them during this run up to mid-term elections. Thus alienating the Dem party even more from voters. The same voters who voted down (2004 election) the many state ballot referendums on allowing Same Sex Marriages.


Rove? You out there?
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Posted 27 January 2006 - 09:21 AM

The referendums that were defeated were in states that hate gays anyway, so don't act like it's a big victory for the homophobic agenda. And there's nothing you can do to convince me that the majority of Americans are so insecure in their own sexuality that they fear gays to the extent that they want to legislate them out of existence.
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Posted 27 January 2006 - 09:26 AM

I think LGD is on the right track but in reverse. The Gay community is one group that this administration can not only marginalize without fear, since none of them would vote for them anyway, but when they do marginalize them it fires up their base of religous nuts who would legislate gays out of existence in a second if they could.
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