Resolution for global decriminalization of same-sex sex going to UN General Assembly

by on December 10, 2008  •  In Criminal law

Originally set for today, the presentation to the UN of a resolution for world-wide decriminalization of homosexual conduct has been rescheduled for next week.  The declaration has fewer sponsors than the
86 countries (nearly half the nations on earth) that still ban homosexuality. Taking it to the UN is seen as the first step in a campaign to achieve explicit human rights protection for lgbt people in the international forum.

The effort is being led by France with the backing of all 27 member states of the EU, plus non-EU European nations including Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Ukraine, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Armenia and Macedonia.

It also has the support of the Latin American states of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay.  Three African nations – Gabon, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau – are endorsing the declaration so far.  Other endorsers are Canada, Israel, Japan and New Zealand.

Let's see – looks like all of North America is on board, except for … could it be the United States?

Thanks for the memories, W. Don't get lost on your way back to Dallas. 


UPDATE December 18 (NY Times):

The resolution was read by Ambassador Jorge Argüello of Argentina, the first on gay rights ever read in the 192-member General Assembly itself.

Although laws against homosexuality are concentrated in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, more than one speaker addressing a separate conference on the declaration noted that the laws stemmed as much from the British colonial past as from religion or tradition.

Navanethem Pillay, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, speaking by video telephone, said that just like apartheid laws that criminalized sexual relations between different races, laws against homosexuality “are increasingly becoming recognized as anachronistic and as inconsistent both with international law and with traditional values of dignity, inclusion and respect for all.”


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