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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Tells Countries to End Gay Executions, Criminalization of Homosexuality

The U.N.’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, directed world governments today to end abuse based on sexual orientation and curtail criminalization of homosexuality, the AP reports:

PillayNavi Pillay’s appeal came in a report released Thursday to the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council, which in June passed the global body’s first resolution condemning anti-gay discrimination. That vote was hailed as historic by the United States, European countries and others, but decried by some African and Muslim nations...

...The report criticizes the continued existence of death penalty punishment for same-sex relations in at least five countries — Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen — as well as legislation explicitly criminalizing gays in 76 countries.

Said Pillay: “On the basis of the information presented (in this report), a pattern of human rights violations emerges that demands a response...Governments and inter-governmental bodies have often overlooked violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity."

Pillay's report comes a week after President Obama's memorandum and Hillary Clinton's UN speech directing countries abroad to fight discrimination against LGBT people.

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  1. It's nice to see more countries and international organizations get on the right side of human rights. There's always the potential that it could backfire, but there's also the risk of backward countries being increasingly marginalized.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 15, 2011 12:54:21 PM

  2. I'm sure the Vatican will come out swinging against this since they traditionally vote en-bloc with half the Arab League on these issues.

    Posted by: MikeW | Dec 15, 2011 1:39:48 PM

  3. It's nice to see mainstream diplomacy finally being gay friendly. Kind of amazing, actually.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Dec 15, 2011 1:56:24 PM

  4. According to the Republicans in the US Senate, this is the kind of crazy talk that would lead to her rejection as an ambassador.

    But she's only the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights so what does she know?

    Posted by: Bob | Dec 15, 2011 2:07:30 PM

  5. amazing that she took the time to do this...most often it seems the UN couldn't care less about human rights.

    Posted by: Myackie | Dec 15, 2011 3:40:56 PM

  6. Thank you Navi Pillay for being outspoken about this.

    Posted by: George F | Dec 15, 2011 4:09:12 PM

  7. @MIKEW: The Vatican is not a member of the UN.

    Posted by: FMB | Dec 15, 2011 5:49:16 PM

  8. "That vote was hailed as historic by the United States, European countries and others, but decried by some African and Muslim nations..."

    And there is the dividing line between the civilized world and backwards, inferior cultures. Europe, America, and some others are BETTER THAN Africa and the Ummah.

    It's nice to see the UN actually doing some good for once.

    Posted by: Max | Dec 15, 2011 10:25:22 PM

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