Friday, July 22, 2016

At the UN, Obama's Ambassador Ramps Up Global LGBT Activism

by Stefano Gennarini, J.D., CFAM: The Obama administration is telling countries to be loud and proud about LGBT issues, especially countries that want to avoid international tension on this subject.

Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power
“Governments do not have to choose between advancing LGBTI rights within their own countries and around the world. We can and must do both,” US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power told some 30 countries belonging to a newly formed “Equal Rights Coalition” gathered in Montevideo for a conference.

Power urged agitation at a four-day strategy session last week even though some countries and organizations in the coalition fear international tension over this subject. Some LGBTI groups even say it puts their constituents in danger. The conclave in Uruguay included UN agencies UNESCO, UNFPA, and the World Bank, along with a who’s who of international LGBT advocates.

Power extolled efforts of the Obama administration to “integrate LGBTI rights into the DNA of multilateral bodies like the UN,” even though the UN Charter prohibits the UN system from taking directives from individual states or groups of states. The unipolar nature of the UN system on social issues is increasingly a source of tension in international circles.

As when addressing the Human Rights Campaign earlier this year, Power boasted of the diligence of US diplomats in promoting LGBT issues and emphasized the importance of “firsts”—most recently the creation of a new UN post for an “independent expert” on LGBT rights.

With each small advance “we weave another thread of LGBTI rights into the fabric of universal human rights,” Power said.

But she insisted above all that countries “must be willing to use all the tools in our toolkit” to pressure countries into changing their laws and social attitudes, even when it causes international tension. . . . Read More

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Stephanie Sophia Aaron said...

God is going to judge soon.

Dianne Youngman Zachary said...