African states fail to halt gay rights in­ves­ti­ga­tor

African Independent - - EDUCATION -

in the 193-mem­ber Gen­eral As­sem­bly third com­mit­tee, which deals with hu­man rights, call­ing for con­sul­ta­tions on the le­gal­ity of the cre­ation of the man­date. They said the work of the in­ves­ti­ga­tor should be sus­pended.

How­ever, Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries, sup­ported by Western na­tions, suc­cess­fully pro­posed an amend­ment that gut­ted the African group draft res­o­lu­tion. The amend­ment was adopted on Monday with 84 votes in favour, 77 against and 17 ab­sten­tions.

The amended draft res­o­lu­tion, which makes no change to the work of the gay rights in­ves­ti­ga­tor, was then adopted by the third com­mit­tee with 94 votes in favour, three against and 80 ab­sten­tions.

Rus­sia and Egypt, speak­ing on be­half of the 57-mem­ber Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co-op­er­a­tion, said they would not recog­nise the man­date of the gay rights in­ves­ti­ga­tor and would not co-op­er­ate with Mun­tarb­horn.

Bri­tain urged all coun­tries to sup­port the in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

Be­ing gay is a crime in at least 73 coun­tries, the UN has said. The is­sue of gay rights con­sis­tently sparks heated de­bate at the UN.

In 2014, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said it would recog­nise all same­sex mar­riages of its staff, al­low­ing them to re­ceive ben­e­fits. Rus­sia un­suc­cess­fully tried to over­turn it last year, with Saudi Ara­bia, China, Iran, In­dia, Egypt, Pak­istan, and Syria among 43 states that sup­ported Moscow.

In Fe­bru­ary the African Group, the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Is­lamic Co-op­er­a­tion and the 25-mem­ber “Group of Friends of the Fam­ily,” led by Egypt, Be­larus and Qatar, protested the launch of six UN stamps pro­mot­ing LGBT equal­ity.

A group of 51 Mus­lim states blocked 11 gay and trans­gen­der or­gan­i­sa­tions from at­tend­ing a high-level UN meet­ing in June on end­ing Aids, spark­ing a protest by the US, Canada and EU. – Reuters

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