Bil Browning

UN Islamic Bloc Rejects LGBT Rights Appeal

Filed By Bil Browning | February 19, 2012 11:02 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: gay rights, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Islamic bloc, LGBT rights, Pakistan, United Nations, Zamir Akram

"We note with concern the attempts to create controversial "new notions" or "new standards" by misinterpreting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international treaties to include such notions that were never articulated or agreed to by the UN membership. These attempts undermine not only the intent of the drafters and signatories to these human rights instruments, but also seriously jeopardize the entire international human rights framework.

We are even more disturbed at the attempt to focus on certain persons on the grounds of their abnormal sexual behaviour, while not focusing on the glaring instances of intolerance and discrimination in various parts of the world, be it on the basis of colour, race, gender or religion, to mention only a few."

-- Pakistani UN ambassador Zamir Akram, representing the Islamic bloc of countries, in a letter sent to the President of the UN's Human Rights Council. The group of countries steadfastly reject Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's statement that "gay rights are human rights."

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