U.S. Missing in Action on UN Declaration on LGBT Human Rights


Petition “For a universal decriminalization of homosexuality”


The Universal declaration of Human Rights

Article 1.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Article 3.

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 12.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.


The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (adopted by General Assembly resolution 2200A (XXI) of 16 December 1966, entry into force 23 March 1976)

Article 17

1. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his honour and reputation.

2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.


The Human Rights Committee’s decision in Toonen v. Australia (04 April 1994)

We ask the United Nations to request a universal abolition of the so-called “crime of homosexuality”, of all “sodomy laws”, and laws against so-called “unnatural acts” in all the countries where they still exist.


  1. says

    “It will be the first time in its history that the UN General Assembly has ever considered the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) human rights.”

    And it won’t be the last, eventually it will pass… that is the dark cloud’s silver lining.

    I’m proud to be Canadian!

  2. JeffRob says

    The US, Russia, China, India, Australia and South Africa. The world’s largest, most polluting, most influential nations. Stuck catering to the anachronistic, ignorant world views of their most undereducated, remote citizens.

    We need a huge plan to give everybody in the world a computer. That would help.

  3. Myackie says

    “…Organisation of Islamic States have been vocal in their opposition”

    Will I finally stop seeing “Queers for palestine” t-shirts and signs at gay events now? Why don’t these idiots realize that every moslem country murders their gay citizens? yes…even palestine.

  4. says

    Good to see that all the EU countires are on board (even Poland). What is intesting is seeing Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine, Armenia and Macedonia on the list. Hopefully, Europeans can drag other countires kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

    I thought the USA would be on the list (being gay is not a crime in the USA it just lacks legal regonition), and not be in the smae group as Saudi Arabia and Iran.

  5. SFshawn says

    This is so revealing. While hundreds (or perhaps thousands of GLBT folks worldwide are harrassed,humiliated,tortured and killed DAILY our openly gay politicians and multi-million dollar GLBT political organizations in Washington can’t seem to have any influence on the UN. Sometimes our country just makes me sad with it’s priorities.

  6. Zeke says

    I’m not a bit surprised by the actions of the US considering the current administration. We have often been on lists with Iran and Saudi Arabia rather than Europe when it comes to gay issues.

    I will say that I AM surprised by South Africa (due to their Constitution), Austrailia and Colombia (as opposed to the mispelled “Columbia” in the article).

  7. in2thevoid says

    Is there an official statement fom the UN regarding why the US isn’t endorsing this declaration? I checked around a couple places & didn’t see anything. Anyone?

  8. says

    Certainly this WILL change with the Obama administration.
    Perhaps now it has something to do with our current Ambassador to the UN?

    Zalmay Mamozy Khalilzad (Nastaliq: زلمی خلیلزاد – Zalmay Khalīlzād) (born: 22 March 1951) is the permanent United States Ambassador to the United Nations. He has been involved with U.S. policy makers at the White House since the early 1980s, and is the highest-ranking Afghan American and Muslim in the Administration of U.S. President George W. Bush.[1] Khalilzad’s previous assignments in the Administration include U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he were not a big supporter of gay rights (like his boss).

  9. Zeke says


    I don’t know for sure but I would guess that it has something to do with the fact that the UN Ambassador from the US was appointed by George W. Bush who is in the pocket of the anti-gay religious right which supports recriminalizing homosexuality in the US while opposing everything from rescinding DADT to expanding existing hate crimes laws to protect GLBT people, who are proportionately the most likely group to be targeted for hate crimes.

    It seems pretty likely that that would have something to do with it.

  10. The Mechanical Eye says

    Usually, votes by the U.N. General Assembly are symbolic, but here the symbolism says a lot – it tells you, in black and white, whether particular state’s government respects its gay citizens.

    Its an excellent gauge of how gay rights stands in the world. It presents a real challenge – that gay rights are making real headway in Europe and even in Latin America, but the situation in the rest of the world is truly bleak.

    While I commend France’s government, the current voting positions of most world governments ought to be a wake up call to first world advocates.


  11. JFANYC says

    Wow, I find this a complete outrage that the United States of America has bowed out of joining hands with most of the civilized world to reject arcane laws against homosexuality. It is scary to think that our Ambassador to the UN could wield so much power in making this decision as it represents the stand of an entire nation. I’m really hoping this kind of bigotry ends with our new President.

  12. Dan says

    I’m very surprised that Australia is not backing this. It’s quite sad that countries like Australia and the US aren’t.

    Makes me proud to be a New Zealander! At least our government supports us :)

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