Countries in Africa have banded together to oppose a new United Nations position created to address violence and discrimination against LGBT people around the world. Unbelievably, they say sexual difference shouldn't be linked to human rights. How one can separate the two is beyond me.
It's well known that Africa has been the target of US fundamentalist christian missionaries for some time now, who've gone over there and created the homophobia that now exists there.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - African states launched a bid at the United Nations on Friday to halt the work of the first U.N. independent investigator appointed to help protect gay and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination.
The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council, based in Geneva, created the position in June and in September appointed Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand, who has a three-year mandate to investigate abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.
In an unusual move, African states circulated a draft resolution on Friday in the 193-member U.N. General Assembly third committee, which deals with human rights, calling for consultations on the legality of the creation of the mandate.
"We therefore call for the suspension of the activities of the appointed Independent Expert pending the determination of this issue," Botswana's U.N. Ambassador Charles Ntwaagae, speaking for the 54-member Africa group, told the committee.
He said the group was concerned "non-internationally agreed notions such as sexual orientation and gender identity are given attention, to the detriment of issues of paramount importance such as the right to development and the racism agenda."
Ntwaagae said that sexual orientation and gender identity "are not and should not be linked to existing international human rights instruments." Reuters