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Libyan UN Envoy: Gays Threaten the Human Race

Libyan deputy envoy Ibrahim Dabbashi has told the UN's Human Rights Council that gays threaten humanity, UN Watch reports:

DabbashiProtesting the council’s first panel discussion on discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation, scheduled for March 7th, Libya’s representative told the gathering of ambassadors today that LGBT topics “affect religion and the continuation and reproduction of the human race.” He added that, were it not for their suspension, Libya would have opposed the council’s June 2011 resolution on the topic.

In response, council president Laura Dupuy Lasserre said that “the Human Rights Council is here to defend human rights and prevent discrimination.”

Said Hillel Neuer, executive director of human rights group UN Watch:“We were happy to see the Gaddafi regime finally suspended last year. Yet today’s shocking homophobic outburst by the new Libyan government, together with the routine abuse of prisoners, underscores the serious questions we have about whether the new regime is genuinely committed to improving on the dark record of its predecessor, or to pandering to some of the hardline Islamists amidst its ranks."

Neuer added, "The restoration of the new Libyan regime to the council, supported by 123 states including all of the Western democracies, was carried out precipitously and without any record of its commitment to human rights domestically and abroad. The new rulers’ pledges are being broken. Gays are now paying the price, with their right to be free from violent attacks now being undermined at the UN by a country that democratic countries fought to liberate, and by a goverment that our leaders helped install. It’s all very disconcerting.”

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  1. Libya, along with Egypt and Yemen---and possibly Syria (have to wait and see on that one, but it doesn't look good)---have really disappointed with their supposed democracy and human rights movements.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 14, 2012 6:25:47 PM

  2. According to the world population, which is exploding in countries outside of the "Western" pervue, doesn't seem to be having a problem with extinction. Although it would be better if homophobes like this guy could be sterilized and do the rest of the world a favor.

    Posted by: zeddy | Feb 14, 2012 6:44:46 PM

  3. None of the new governments Paul mentions above (I would also add Iraq which US installed) are true democracies. Religion still comes first and, ironically, because of that, human rights will continue to take a back seat.

    Posted by: Craig | Feb 14, 2012 6:48:14 PM

  4. So, again, these people are saying that if we have equal rights, then they, themselves are going to turn gay. I find that argument interesting if nothing else.

    Posted by: tc in nyc | Feb 14, 2012 7:01:06 PM

  5. You could also say the same thing about the Catholic church. I mean, what if everyone became a priest or a nun?

    Posted by: tc in nyc | Feb 14, 2012 7:18:08 PM

  6. I wish swearing wasn't so frowned upon at Towleroad, because I would always be repeating what hotdamn F*ing fools all these people are. Gays threaten the human race? REALLY?! So stupid to even say it, let alone think it. Stay in Libya, Libyan envoy.

    Posted by: Drew | Feb 14, 2012 7:22:30 PM

  7. well now.. that threat has been hanging over the heads of mankind since the cave man days.. haven't destroyed the human race yet!

    Posted by: poof | Feb 14, 2012 7:43:37 PM

  8. Doesn't the " gays are a threat to the human race" sound awfully familiar...You can bet the Catholic Church has its corrupt hand in this...

    Posted by: MAP | Feb 14, 2012 9:04:51 PM

  9. Oh, that we had ONE TENTH the power these lunatics ascribe to us!

    Posted by: Alexander | Feb 14, 2012 9:41:41 PM

  10. Well, at least we're sucking all of their oil from underneath them in payment. I only hope we can set fire to them again, I'd like to enjoy that: a pink flame. Anyway, this jerk is too busy begging for friends, not to mention buying a new apartment in Manhattan, oh and trying to be invited to ANY discussion, gays included, at the UN. No worries.

    Posted by: Chevytexas | Feb 14, 2012 9:51:15 PM

  11. Arab Spring!

    TC in NYC and Map, Arab homophobia originates from Islam, not Catholicism. It's not politically correct to say so, but this one's all Islam.

    ALL Arab countries are human rights disasters.

    Posted by: Max | Feb 14, 2012 10:06:16 PM

  12. Who gives a damn what Libyans think? He and his country are irrelevant!

    Posted by: Keith | Feb 14, 2012 10:53:59 PM

  13. &Craig: do you understand the word "supposed"? I also take issue with your misuse of "ironically," but I really don't care.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 14, 2012 11:09:00 PM

  14. I'm impressed by the nuanced reactions of Towleroad bloggers. I'd like to know what they say when it is some lily-white Eastern European country that is sending such messages.

    Posted by: HoHo | Feb 15, 2012 1:48:31 AM

  15. Ah, the fruits of Obama stlye American Democrat Party politics come to Lybia after it's 'liberation'. From 'gawd's in the mix' to the idea that LGBT topics “affect religion and the continuation and reproduction of the human race” is a very short step.

    Along with widespread torture and murder and shiney new, improved contracts for US and EU oil interests.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Feb 15, 2012 2:13:05 AM

  16. KEITH is right. Libya, like all the other abomi-nations of its region, is the unflushed toilet of of the world.

    Posted by: uffda | Feb 15, 2012 2:14:59 AM

  17. MAP and TC IN NYC you sound like Islamists. The Catholic church does not have anything to do with what hard core Muslims think about us gay people.

    Islam is 100 times worse when it comes to gay rights. Even before the Muslim Brotherhood took over countries like Egypt they used to raid gay places and arrest gay and Lesbians. Now they will kill them.

    Being gay and Lesbian is against the law in most Muslim countries, and in some you get the death penalty for being gay, there is no comparison to any other religions today.

    Islam is the worse for gay and Lesbian people.

    Just last month several Muslims were arrested in the UK for passing out literature that says gay people should be killed.

    Posted by: Ahmed | Feb 15, 2012 3:25:46 AM

  18. Interesting how these countries that are deeply rooted in religion are having population explosions. Could it be their master to plan to gain control by sheer numbers?

    Posted by: Oliver | Feb 15, 2012 6:06:18 AM

  19. @ChevyTexas: they don't export much oil to US. The EU, yes---it was the world's eight's largest oil wxploiter. Gadaffi was killed for more egregious reasons, mainly the airplane bombing over Scotland, his crazy speeches to the UN, and suspect that he was behind the 1982 bombing of Marines in Beirut. Oh, and he was a hateful dictator for 40 years. Notice that dictators are being taken down lately? It's not a coincidence.

    I also don't know what you're talking about with fires to oil wells in Libya. That was Iraq and Kuwait.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 15, 2012 7:18:54 AM

  20. You're welcome for my tax dollars that I just spent liberating your bigoted ass.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Feb 15, 2012 8:38:59 AM

  21. These are the most primitive people in the world. Their societies and their social structures are even more primitive than the bushmen in Papua-New Guinea. The problem with Arab societies is that their boys are raised without any discipline, without any "buckling down" to study or learn a trade or a profession. It passes as being intelligent to simply repeat the religious mantras of the Koran --sitting around all day in the cafe and sippin coffee all day long while BSing with other do-nothing males is what makes the Arab states such failures. Were it not for oil in the middle east they would be even more primitive.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Feb 15, 2012 9:36:31 AM

  22. Christopher Isherwood once postulated something like this: Gays and Lesbians are part of nature's plan to limit population.

    Why are these guys so anti-nature? Do they actually not believe in the Deity? Agostics all?

    Posted by: Gene | Feb 15, 2012 10:03:55 AM

  23. HOHO, I would say exactly the same thing about lily-white eastern European nations and their primitiveness. In fact, I DO say the sames things about the eastern European nations like Belarus, Russia, Moldova, etc. Let me spell it out for you: PRIMITIVE PRIMITIVE PRIMITIVE...although I do think they are somewhat less primitive than the Arabs who have "developed" (such as it is) a culture whereby women are required to envelop their bodies in burlap bags from head to toe. Sorry, but that's REALLY REALLY PRIMITIVE.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Feb 15, 2012 10:05:33 AM

  24. The U.N. Human Rights Council would be a joke if it weren't so sad. Libya, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, Uganda, Cameroon, Cuba, Pakistan...why not put North Korea, Syria and Iran on there as well and just be done with it?

    Posted by: Andy | Feb 15, 2012 10:13:22 AM

  25. Hoho: please feel free to move to Pakistan, Saudi Arabian, or better yet, Syria.

    The world would be a lot better off if Islam would just disappear.

    It would also be a lot more attractive.

    Posted by: Artie | Feb 15, 2012 10:22:23 AM

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