66 Nations Back Decriminalization of Homosexuality

Jim Burroway

December 18th, 2008

Sixty six nations — more than a third of the United Nation’s membership — have signed on to a U.N. resolution calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality around the world. The United States was not one of them.

David C.

December 18th, 2008

Well, I’d imagine that if Louis-Georges Tin wasn’t trying to hit a date in December, that the new ambassador would have signed us on.

Bad timing I’m afraid.

Stefano A

December 18th, 2008

The previous High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, wasn’t exactly shy about discussing LGBTI rights. Just before her commission ended she lambasted the Islamic countries’ for their attempts to censor discussion any time LGBT rights arose.

When she left, I had been concerned whether or not the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, would be equally outspoken.

Thus, it was encouraging today when she told the high-level panel discussion on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, in a video message:

“Those who are lesbian, gay or bisexual, those who are transgender, transsexual or intersex, are full and equal members of the human family and are entitled to be treated as such.

“The ageless cliché that everyone is equal but some are more equal than others is not acceptable. No human being should be denied their human rights simply because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. No human being should be subject to discrimination, violence, criminal sanctions or abuse simply because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Ironically many of these laws, like Apartheid laws that criminalized sexual relations between consenting adults of different races, are relics of the colonial and are increasingly recognized as anachronistic and as inconsistent both with international law and with traditional values of dignity, inclusion and respect for all.”

This was an historic day at the United Nations to be sure.

While we have a few observer groups that weigh in at the UN, I’m unsure and I could be wrong, but I think this is the first time an actual statement (declaration) has been presented on our behalf since Professor Douglas Sanders read a “Statement of the Human Rights of Lesbian and Gay People” in front of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, at the 44th Annual Session in August 1992.

Stefano A

December 18th, 2008


Does anyone have a link to the full list of 66 countries?

At my last count when the draft declaration was published on 12 December there were only 55 countries who’d signed on. I’m wondering who the additional six were?

I think it’s also of interest to note that of those 55 I’m aware of, a great many of them were countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Poland, and some others who have atrocious records on their treatment of LGBT people.

While it’s still encouraging, it raises rather dubious issues about their sincerity.

Stefano A

December 18th, 2008

I mean additional 11 — I can’t count. *LOL*

David C.

December 18th, 2008

Here you go Stefano:

Stefano A

December 18th, 2008

David C:

I must have scrolled past that and didn’t see it.

These were the ones I was missing:
Sao Tome and Principe,


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