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January 26, 2006

the US and Iran: anti-gay collaborators
Posted by Lorelei Kelly

Even if they can't agree on nuclear power, seems the US and Iran are in harmony when it comes to discriminating against gay people (along with the Sudan). Three cheers for Representative Tom Lantos (CA)--co Chair of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus for revealing this incident in this letter to Ambassador Bolton:

Dear Ambassador Bolton:

I am writing to express my shock and bewilderment in learning of a very harmful and hurtful action taken earlier this week by your staff at the U.S. mission to the UN in New York.  As you may now know, U.S. representatives on the Non-Governmental Organization Committee to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Monday supported a hateful anti-human rights motion brought by the Iranian and Sudanese regimes to dismiss the application of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) and the Danish national gay and lesbian organization Landsforeningen for Bosser og Lesbiske for consultative status to ECOSOC.

I sincerely hope that the U.S. vote on this issue was a technical error or the unfortunate result of an undisciplined U.S. officer operating on his or her own without instructions.  In any case, I am asking you to clearly and publicly disavow and explain this anti-human rights vote before it does any long-term damage to U.S. moral authority at the UN.  I would also like to discuss with you, at length, any possible breakdown in State Department procedures that may have led to this most unfortunate U.S. action.

As you must know by now, the U.S. anti-human rights vote on January 23rd represents a stark reversal of U.S. and Bush Administration policy.  When ECOSOC last voted on ILGA’s previous application for consultative status in 2002, the United States joined sixteen other nations in supporting the application.

We have made a great deal of progress in recent years in advancing U.S. diplomatic efforts to confront state sponsored or initiated bias and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered people.   In compliance with legislation I authored, the State Department now systematically includes reports on human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity. 

The U.S. vote on Monday is a major setback in our efforts to establish the advancement of rights for lesbian, gay and trans-gendered people as a core component of our Nation’s human rights diplomacy.  You can reverse this setback by clarifying our position and explaining the U.S. vote.  The United States should also move forward by using UN mechanisms such as the new Human Rights Council to confront hateful regimes like Iran, the Sudan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia who harass, arrest, and even torture and execute their citizens simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

I look forward to your clarification and for the opportunity to discuss this issue with you in detail.

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I fully support the demand for accountabillity of the representative of the self-claimed Most Free Country in the World, i.e. the USA, on the matter of co-siding with a group of countries that are blatantly and consistantly breaching human rights!

It is beyond believe that a country like the USA does join countries that officially kill people who love eachother, as it is also beyond believe that the USA is at the same time of their support for countries and systems that are completaly opposing to human rights are invovled in illegal and irresponsible actiosn against the same countries!

Both the Goverment of the USA as its representative at the United Nations should be prosecuted for breaching the Statue of the UN!

I wonder how the Ost treats gays. Is there a penalty for that?

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