not your typical annihilatrix (furiosity) wrote,
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This is fucking disgusting, both because queers are now no longer included in some of UN's definitions of 'human beings" and because of the article's racist slant.

The General Assembly passes a resolution condemning extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions and other killings every two years. The 2008 declaration included an explicit reference to killings committed because of the victims' sexual preferences.

But this year, Morocco and Mali introduced an amendment on behalf of African and Islamic nations that called for deleting the words "sexual orientation" and replacing them with "discriminatory reasons on any basis."

Of course everyone's going to focus on the 79 countries whose delegations voted for striking the "queers" reference (I've already seen one "shame list" while looking for more information on this), but the fact is that the final resolution was approved almost unanimously -- as far as I understand (incorrectly?), the final resolutions are a post-vote formality that committee members either vote for or abstain from. Only 10 abstained (thank you for that, USA).

Many of those who voted against the amendment still agreed to pass the resolution once the vote was done; that is what matters, not who specifically sponsored this dick move and who specifically voted for it. If more committee members had abstained from passing the final resolution, it may not have flown, and even if it did, en masse abstention would have made a strong statement.

Yeah, I'm hopping mad about this, but I don't think it's helpful to make it about African and Arab countries or Islam. >:(
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