Demand that Governments of the World Condemn LGBT Executions!

Last month in a United Nations committee, 79 countries endorsed a proposed amendment to remove references to sexual orientation from the UN Resolution on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions.  Only 70 countries supported retention of the term, while 43 countries abstained or didn’t vote.

This is the only UN resolution to include an explicit reference to sexual orientation, and it has passed successfully for the past ten years.  We cannot allow this backslide to occur.

The good news is that “we have the opportunity to restore the reference to sexual orientation – and hopefully extend it to also include gender identity – when the resolution comes up before the UN General Assembly on Monday 20 December”, according to International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission.

What can you do?

* Demand that the Member States of the United Nations condemn extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people by signing this petition.

* No matter what country you live in, learn how to contact your government, how they voted last time and what to say here.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s reaction to the proposed removal of “sexual orientation” from the resolution:

When individuals are attacked [or] abused … because of their sexual orientation, we must speak out. …It is not called the ‘Partial’ Declaration of Human Rights. It is not the ‘Sometimes’ Declaration of Human Rights. It is the Universal Declaration, guaranteeing all human beings their basic human rights, without exception.

United States Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice indicated that the US would “champion the rights of LGBT people at the UN”, reported International Service for Human Rights.  Ambassador Rice and Secretary General Ban keynoted “Ending violence and criminal sanctions on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity”, a high-level discussion held on Human Rights Day and organized by the Permanent Missions of Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, France, Gabon, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the US and the Delegation of the European Union.  Read Ambassador Rice’s speech here.

Related:

* Association of British Muslims criticizes UN for removing sexual orientation protections

* Gays on safari in Kenya are now themselves fair game
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Judge Rejects Government’s Request for Stay of DADT Injunction

Judge Virginia Phillips has rejected the government's request for a stay in the injunction against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" at a hearing in Riverside, California.

The Advocate reports: Dadt

"During the 25-minute hearing, Phillips wasted no time in rejecting the government's arguments that barring dadt immediately would be an undue burden on the military and called the justice department's declarations to the court both vague and insufficient. Assistant U.S attorney Paul Freeborne asked the court for a five day administrative stay so it can pursue an appeal of the injunction to the U.S. court of appeals for the ninth circuit."

The AP adds:

"Phillips called (the DOJ) request 'untimely,' saying the government had plenty of opportunity to modify her injunction before she ordered it last Tuesday. She also balked at their admission of a Rolling Stone article to support its argument that the abrupt change in the policy would hurt military readiness. 'I hardly need to say more than that,' Phillips said of the article. 'It's hearsay. It's not reliable.' Phillips also said the Justice Department also did not present evidence at the trial to show how her order would cause irreparable harm to U.S. troops. Justice Department attorney Paul Freeborne told her the government had no reason to respond until her order came down. He said her nationwide injunction is unrealistic. 'You're requiring the Department of Justice to implement a massive policy change, a policy change that may be reversed upon appeal,' Freeborne told her. Freeborne said the government would go to a higher court if she denied their request to temporarily freeze her injunction."

Phillips is expected to issue a formal ruling later Monday or early Tuesday.


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