Rest assured with the president’s smart diplomacy, this problem will soon be remedied: Islamic States Walk Out Of U.N. Meeting On Violence Against Gays…
(Reuters) — Brushing aside high-level UN appeals for cooperation to halt murder and violence against gays and lesbians around the globe, Muslim and Arab countries on Wednesday stalked out of a Human Rights Council panel to tackle the issue.
Speaking before the walkout for the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Pakistan described homosexuality as “licentious behavior” while African group leader Senegal said it was not covered by global human rights accords.
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The walkout, which diplomats said not all countries in the Islamic and African groups joined, was the first by three major blocs in the 47-member council, which has been dominated until recently by a caucus of developing countries and their allies.
Another sign that this Council has become little more than a pathetic joke, with member states unwilling to address a real human rights’ issue. Let’s hope the president and his foreign policy team speak out on the matter and insist that those nations who walked out return to the table — and mend their policies so that gay men and lesbians can live free and openly — without fear of attack from their fellow citizens. Or their government.