UNITED NATIONS: Human Rights Council Votes 23-18 To Approve LGBT Rights Watchdog Position

Buzzfeed reports:

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted Thursday to create the institution’s first LGBT rights watchdog. The resolution passed in a vote of 23 to 18, with 6 abstentions. The person appointed to this role will be known as an “independent expert” and the position is charged with monitoring “violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.” This was the most ambitious effort yet to advance LGBT rights within the United Nations system, and the resolution included the strongest language to date suggesting LGBT rights should be a concern of international human rights law.

The two previous resolutions concerning LGBT rights passed by the United Nations Human Rights Council merely called for the UN’s human rights office to prepare reports examining LGBT rights. But this and the few other mentions of sexual orientation or gender identity in other UN documents have been so modest that the UN Security Council made headlines by including a reference to sexual orientation in a press statement condemning the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida — even though the document was not a formal resolution, it was notable that the UN’s most powerful committee had mentioned sexual orientation in any kind of declaration.

Earlier this week the anti-LGBT Family Watch International issued a frantic warning:

While we condemn violence against people based on sex or any other physical or mental characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity, this resolution goes way beyond seeking to end violence and unjust discrimination. The main objective of the resolution is to appoint a global LGBT “Czar” who will investigate alleged rights violations by governments and individuals against LGBT people.

Everyone knows that this is intended to be a tool to try to force such things as same-sex marriage, cross-gender bathroom use, LGBT “rights” indoctrination education, and much more upon countries around the world in the name of preventing discrimination and violence.

This so-called “independent expert” or “Special Rapporteur” as they are often called at the UN would be given the mandate to collect reports and complaints from sexual rights activist groups and LGBT individuals worldwide and would then use these complaints, along with the full arsenal of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, to pressure governments to overturn their laws protecting marriage, family, and religious and cultural values.

  • hiker_sf

    This is great news!

  • David L. Caster

    OK, who would we suggest for the job if we were given the opportunity to nominate somebody for this position?

    • zhera

      Love the guy, but he’s hardly diplomatic enough for such a position.

      • Butch

        That might be a plus.

      • Gustav2

        Well…you do have to kiss a lot of asses.

    • Gustav2

      • JCF

        There ya go: Panti!

    • johncAtl

      Are you trying to give Bill Donahue a stroke?

  • Baltimatt

    Do we have a list of countries that voted for and against? I see the article says South Africa voted against, which was a surprise to some.

    • Blake Jordan

      Our president is a corrupt, incompetent and hateful piece of shit (and the ANC defines failure)!!!

      Our constitution is fantastic, but that is about it…

    • ben

      The result of the vote was as follows:

      In favour (23): Albania, Belgium, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador,
      France, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands,
      Nigeria, Panama, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, Switzerland, The
      former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Kingdom of Great Britain
      and Northern Ireland, Venezuela, and Viet Nam.

      Against (18): Algeria, Bangladesh, Burundi, China, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Morocco, Namibia, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Togo, and United Arab Emirates.

      Abstentions (6): Botswana, Ghana, India, Maldives, Philippines, and South Africa.

      • zhera

        Nigeria surprises me. Russian Federation, not so much.

      • Six Pins Delores

        TY! The U.S. leading from…OH wait…

        • ben

          Our term expired last year.

        • BobSF_94117

          Hey, under Bush we voted against.

      • JB

        Correlations between For/ Against vote by Country/religion?

      • Baltimatt

        Thank you.

      • JCF

        China is a BIG disappointment. 🙁

      • (((GC)))

        Out of the countries that voted for, almost none have a state religion. El Salvador’s constitution gives privileges to Roman Catholicism, and the Church of England is England’s (but not the UK’s) state church, with 26 senior bishops sitting in the House of Lords.

        Six of the countries that voted against and abstained — Algeria, Maldives, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE — have a state religion, Sunni Islam. (Bangladesh has Islam in its constitution but in 2010 the High Court ruled that Bangladesh is a “secular state”. Indonesia’s province of Aceh has Sharia law.)

    • JCF

      South Africa Abstained, not Voted Against.

      • Baltimatt

        Correct. Sorry I read the Buzzfeed article too quickly.

  • Rex

    Nothing is being done in the “name” of preventing discrimination and violence – LGBT rights are HUMAN rights. Family Watch International – your hate is showing.

  • This is shaping up to be a week full of sadz for the haters…

  • Blake Jordan

    Only to a damaged, hateful mind would those things described by “Family Watch International” seem bad!!!

  • BobSF_94117

    anti-LGBT Family Watch International

    utterly despicable people

  • billbear1961

    Cram your fucking scare quotes up your ugly asses, murderous “Family” Watch International FASCISTS!!

    LGBT “rights”??

    WHAT? The notion is laughable to you, is it, that we should actually have the same RIGHTS everyone else enjoys, you sick BASTARDS?!

    • teeveedub

      I love how they try to thread the needle:

      “While we condemn violence against people based on sex or any other physical or mental characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity, this resolution goes way beyond seeking to end violence and unjust discrimination.”

      In other words, we don’t want to be perceived as condoning violence against LGBT people, but we’re sure as fuck not going to do anything to prevent it.

      • billbear1961

        “Perceived” is the key word–they don’t want to be perceived as condoning it, but they DO, in fact, condone it.

        Their relentless, hateful rhetoric LEADS directly to it, provokes it; and they KNOW it, and secretly REVEL in it, along the lines of it: “You won’t desist from your wicked ways, so you got what you deserved.”

        FUCK the truly evil, fascist DEGENERATES!!

  • Gustav2

    For the arrival of the first LGBT CZAR!


  • Michael Rush

    Clearly what this is meant to do is force sex changes on
    Family Watch International followed by a humiliating swimsuit
    competition in front of everyone .


    • b

      And why do these bigots smile? What about harming people brings a smile to a bigot’s face? Bad acting, I guess. At least she has enough decency not to show her teeth/fangs.

    • (((GC)))

      Sex changes under pressure are a thing in Iran, where homosexual acts are capital crimes but clerics accept that someone can be “trapped in a body of the wrong sex.”

  • EdmondWherever

    Watch your own family.

  • billbear1961

    Appointment of the LGBT “Czar” to watch over the rights of MILLIONS!!


  • BrandySpears

    “Pakistan led opposition to Thursday’s resolution on behalf of the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), leading to several amendments suggesting that it “impose[d] concepts or notions pertaining to social matters, including private individual conduct.”
    Pink News

  • billbear1961

    Alleged violations–ALLEGED!!

    Like we don’t SEE those HORRENDOUS violations all the time in the news from around the WORLD!!

    Like we didn’t just WITNESS in ORLANDO what relentless HATE propaganda leads to right HERE in THIS country!!

  • TuuxKabin

    Joe, thank you for bringing all the good news on the end of this month. I just mentioned to a friend I was glad to see this month end, not that I’m looking forward to July. But these most recent postings appear foretelling of things to come, for that I thank you.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Fear the GAY CZAR !!

  • Tulle Christensen

    Where is the sadz. I need the sadz NOW. I gotta start the roast for tonight in 20 minutes.

  • WebSlinger
  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Porno Pete applied for the job. His resume lists ‘Watching Homosexuals’ under skills and interests.

    Pete, this is not the kind of watchdog they are seeking. Crawl back under your rock.

    • Gustav2

      He will bring his portfolio to prove it.

      • I.Smith

        Don’t forget his Latex costume collection.

  • GayOldLady

    “The main objective of the resolution is to appoint a global LGBT “Czar”
    who will investigate alleged rights violations by governments and
    individuals against LGBT people.”

    Alleged? Hardly!!!! But, I’m not surprised that the UN collecting this sort of information and addressing it on the World stage is a very scary proposition to the haters in the U.S. Finally someone is going to call your asses out!!!

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    These right-wing nutjobs always seem to think that the UN has far more power than it actually does. If they were truly that powerful would Rwanda have happened?

  • Gigi

    So basically they’re worried that this UN “Czar” might kibosh their efforts to persecute LGBT people in countries like Uganda.

  • Gyeo

    “While we condemn violence against people based on sex or any other physical or mental characteristics”


    • (((GC)))

      Thanks for that accurate picture of the Religious “Right”!
      (Also climate denial, Rethuglican politics, etc.)

  • JCF