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66 countries back UN statement on gay rights
12-19-2008, 06:07 PM,
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66 countries back UN statement on gay rights
66 countries back UN statement on rights of sexual minorities

Pink News | December 19, 2008

Yesterday a statement was read at the United Nations General Assembly in New York reiterating the universal human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

66 nations signed the joint statement, among them all 27 EU member states.

South Africa and the United States of America did not support the initiative.

The statement, which was a French initiative, was read out by Argentina's Ambassador the UN.

It does not create new rights and is not legally binding but instead builds on similar past initiatives.

It affirms the principle of universality: that all human beings, irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity, are entitled to equal dignity and respect.

No-one should be subject to violence, harassment, discrimination or abuse, solely because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Louis Georges Tin, the founder of the Inernational Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), is behind the universal decriminalisation declaration.

He met with Rama Yade, France's minister of human rights and foreign affairs, earlier this year.

In September she confirmed that she would appeal at the United Nations for the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality. The statement quickly became an international effort.

A cross-regional group of states coordinated the drafting, including Brazil, Croatia, France, Gabon, Japan, the Netherlands, and Norway.

The statement condemned killings, torture, arbitrary arrest, and "deprivation of economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to health."

The participating countries urged all nations to "promote and protect human rights of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity," and to end all criminal penalties against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

According to calculations by ILGA (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association) and other organisations, more than six dozen countries still have laws against consensual sex between adults of the same sex.

The UN Human Rights Committee, which interprets the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a core UN treaty, held in a historic 1994 decision that such laws are rights violations - and that human rights law forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation.

In 2006 IDAHO initiated a global campaign to end the criminalisation of same-sex relationships and secured the support of dozens of international public figures, ranging from Nobel Prize winners to writers, clergy,
actors, musicans and academics.

"To decriminalise homosexuality worldwide is a battle for human rights," Mr Tin said.

"IDAHO has worked hard for two years to promote this issue. For us, the UN statement is a great achievement.

"I want to thank the many other people and organisations who have worked with us since the beginning, and more recently. I also want to remind everyone that ending the criminalisation of same-sex love will be a long, hard battle. To love is not a crime."<!--fontc-->
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01-08-2009, 12:49 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-08-2009, 12:52 PM by rsol.)
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66 countries back UN statement on gay rights
us not in on it? strange:) land of the free!! religious zealots strike again. did iran sign? that a no:) well it seems they have more in common that they realise......
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03-22-2011, 06:50 AM,
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RE: 66 countries back UN statement on gay rights
On gay marriage to start...

Heterosexual or Homosexual -- having a state grant a legal license is akin to having a three way for what is now termed marriage. I'll leave the church out of it for now because that could get messy. It's a vow between a couple, preferentially witnessed by friends and family on making a life together.

No need to get the state (courts, banks, IRS and church) involved in every committed relationship. Why would you even ask for permission from big brother and his even bigger mother. Are they not already fist deep in our affairs already.

On the same tip - Legalize it .. Equal Rights .. Regulation .. Net Neutrality .. think about it. Careful what you wish for. Why is the tail wagging the dog?
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03-23-2011, 03:31 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-23-2011, 03:35 AM by concenfla.)
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RE: 66 countries back UN statement on gay rights
(03-22-2011, 06:50 AM)FastTadpole Wrote: On gay marriage to start...

Heterosexual or Homosexual -- having a state grant a legal license is akin to having a three way for what is now termed marriage. I'll leave the church out of it for now because that could get messy. It's a vow between a couple, preferentially witnessed by friends and family on making a life together.

No need to get the state (courts, banks, IRS and church) involved in every committed relationship. Why would you even ask for permission from big brother and his even bigger mother. Are they not already fist deep in our affairs already.

Yes, it's bizarre. Generations ago they already acclimatized straight people into thinking that they needed to get the state's permission to consider themselves husband and wife.

When the minister says "...by the power vested in me by the State of ____, I pronounce you man and wife"--I always thought WTF.

The movement for gay marriage is really a movement to give the state more powers. The crowds protest and say that they want more rights for more people or whatever, but what they're really asking for is for the state to be able to gain power over their unions as well.

So I guess I support gay marriage. If a gay couple wants to go grovel to the state too, and beg the state to recognize their union as legitimate, then I guess that's their right, to crawl and beg and have the state there at their wedding just like average ignorant straight couples do.

It's amazing that people are so beaten down these days that they don't even think for a second that maybe they could still own the language that they use. If you're a group of human beings and you want to redefine or expand what the purview of a word ("marriage") means, then you can just start using it in a way that explains your understanding of it. In other words, proud gay couples could just hold their own ceremonies, without the state involved, and then after that say "We're MARRIED." Boom. Culture changed, once that happens enough.

But people are so servile, and so eager to fight for anything that makes them feel like they're in the '60s or whatever, marching for freedom and involved in a real struggle. In a few years, they're going to know what real struggle is. They think it's romantic to march for freedom and endure hardship and oppression--then you got it, baby.

Oh wait, I know, there's also taxation considerations when it comes to what the state will recognize as "marriage". So in the end the only real legitimate thing they're marching for is a relatively piddly amount of dollars and cents. That's the only actual reality of what they're marching for, and once again overblown romanticism boils down to embarrassingly trivial materialism. In some cases the state even taxes you more if you're "married".

If these people really wanted to know more freedom and lessen their oppression, they could throw away their tvs and stop following crowds and dumbed-down pseudo-movements. Just call yourselves "married", you don't need the state's permission!
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03-23-2011, 04:14 AM, (This post was last modified: 03-23-2011, 04:16 AM by Dunamis.)
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RE: 66 countries back UN statement on gay rights
(03-23-2011, 03:31 AM)concenfla Wrote: Just call yourselves "married", you don't need the state's permission!

This is an area I am looking into for me and my g/f. I want to be married because of my beliefs and as an outward sign of my commitment and dedication to her and our children. But I am not interested in the legal and civil aspects of it at all.

I suppose it's just having a wedding but not signing the certificate.

It's sad marriage has been hijacked by the state though.

And even though I do not personally agree with homosexuality as such, I still believe in each persons right to choose how they live (within the confines of causing no harm to others). I also have friends and past friends who are openly homosexual, so don't think I condone any discrimination.
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