Skip to comments.Top U.N. Official Says Same-Sex Partnership Protections Needed To Safeguard Human Rights
Posted on 06/01/2015 5:24:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The new report issued Monday is the first to tackle LGBT rights since Jordanian Prince Zeid Raad Al Hussein was named U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad Al Hussein, called for all countries to provide legal protections for same sex couples and their children in a report issued Monday.
Hussein stopped short of recommending countries to call those protections marriage, but the report suggested that whatever these partnerships are called, they should make all the same protections available to same-sex couples.
States should address discrimination by: . Providing legal recognition to same-sex couples and their children, ensuring that benefits traditionally accorded married partners including those related to benefits, pensions, and taxation and inheritance are accorded on a non-discriminatory basis, the report released by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said.
The recommendation is one of 20 proposals Hussein is putting forward to states to enact to combat violence and discrimination against LGBTI people.
That such a recommendation would be put forward at all shows how rapidly the discussion of LGBTI rights is advancing in diplomatic circles. The high commissioners office has only issued a report on LGBT rights once before in 2011 and that document was almost exclusively focused on preventing violence, repealing laws criminalizing homosexuality, and ensuring LGBT advocates can exercise basic political rights.
The report was ordered by the United Nations Human Rights Commission shortly after Hussein took office last year following a bitter debate in Geneva. Opposition to the resolution was led by Egypt and other members of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, which has been a base of opposition to advancing LGBT rights since efforts first began around ten years ago.
But this new report may carry special significance because the OHCHR is now has a leader from a Muslim majority country: Hussein, who took the post in September 2014, is a prince of the royal family of Jordan.
This years report did not shy away from making other politically charged recommendations, such as appearing to single out Russia by calling for the repeal of its so-called anti-propaganda and other laws that impose discriminatory restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly.
It also called for states to enact hate-crime laws and urged the adoption of bans on conversion therapy intended to end same-sex attraction. And it made several suggests for protections for intersex people who are born without clearly male or female anatomy including calling for an end to the kinds of genital surgery now routinely performed on intersex infants.
The report also reiterated recommendations from the 2011 report calling for the repeal of criminal sodomy laws and allowing transgender people to change their documentation.
Read the full report here:
Nonsense! This is why, in part, the UN is for nothing more than to shake down US taxpayers.
Lets get them written right into the constitutions of obungholes 57 islamic states
When is he going to tell that to the Imam and to ISIS??
Then it is only fair that ISIS throws the pitcher, the catcher and their children off the hotel roofs. Fair is fair....
What has the UN done to protect the human rights of Christians and Jews in the Middle East?
I agree. He does have an obsession with the gay / lesbian / transgender topics.
“Lets get them written right into the constitutions of obungholes 57 islamic states”
This will go over big in the Mideast. Africa, too.
US out of the UN, UN off US soil!
Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad... Spouse Sarah Butler... Mother Margaretha Inga Elisabeth Lind... born Amman, Jordan... He is the son of Prince Ra’ad bin Zeid, Lord Chamberlain of Jordan, and his Swedish-born wife Margaretha Inga Elisabeth Lind, subsequently known as Majda Raad. Previously, he was Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. From 2007-2010 he served as Jordan’s Ambassador to the United States and non-resident Ambassador to Mexico. Zeid played a central role in the establishment of the International Criminal Court, and was elected the first president of the Assembly of State Parties of the International Criminal Court in September 2002. He also served as a political affairs officer in UNPROFOR, in the former Yugoslavia, from 1994 to 1996.
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