Whether you have positive or negative views on homosexuality, this is a matter of individual liberty and freedom, the right to live one’s own lifestyle. Tyranny assumes many models and guises, it can also be correctly said that gay rights activists, feminists, and any other single issue ‘rights’ group can be as tyrannical as the next, so this serves as a warning to anyone wishing to impose your values upon another.
That said, the OIC stands heads and shoulders above all other groups trying to intimidate and force others to succumb and submit to their 7th century sensibilities. Here we see the rubber hit the road, hopefully it will galvanize minorities to resist aligning themselves with intolerant Islam. Nothing like a smack upside the head to bring some people to their senses.
56 Islamic States Reject UN Debate on Anti-Gay Violence
Rights group urges Hillary Clinton to speak out
GENEVA, Feb. 17 – A Pakistani spokesman for the UN’s Islamic bloc sparked outrage today after announcing to the UN’s top rights body that its 56 member states would ignore a scheduled UN rights panel on anti-gay violence, saying they were “disturbed” at the “attempted focus on certain persons” on the grounds of their “abnormal sexual behaviour,” which “have nothing to do with fundamental human rights.”
The Islamic statement, obtained by the Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch and posted on its website, is provoking sharp reactions from human rights activists.
UN Watch director Hillel Neuer today called on US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whom it lauded for her leadership on this issue at the UN, to condemn the “scandalous assault on the right of gays not to be put to death in countries like Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen. Human rights are universal and there is no religious exemption for barbaric violence against innocent human beings anywhere.”
Diplomatic sources have also reported to UN Watch that the Islamic states are considering a walk-out during the March 7th panel.
The letter by Pakistan’s Geneva envoy Zamir Akram on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation—comprised of 56 Islamic UN member states and the Palestinian Authority—was sent on Valentine’s Day to UN Human Rights Council president Laura Dupuy Lasserre and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Click here for letter.