African nations oppose UN’s appointment of investigator to protect LGBT people

54 African nations have opposed to the appointment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGTB) rights expert saying that there are more important issues for the UN to focus on


African nations want to suspend and then get rid of the first United Nation’s (UN) lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGTB) rights expert given the mandate to investigate violence and discrimination against LGTB.

A resolution calling for the suspension of the UN’s new LGTB has been drafted by a 54 African nations saying the gay rights take away from “other issues of paramount importance, such as the right to development and the racism agenda.” according to DW.

Thailand’s’ International Law professor was appointed by the UN in September to fight anti-homosexual crimes for the next three years. Several Muslim countries objected to the appointment.

The draft resolution was circulated on Friday in the 193-member U.N. General Assembly third committee, which deals with human rights, calling for consultations on the legality of the creation of the mandate.

The draft resolution blocking the UN appointment will be voted on, on Tuesday. If adopted it would then need to be voted upon later this year by the General Assembly.

Seventy-three countries – almost 40 percent of all UN members – still have laws on their books making homosexuality a crime according to the report.

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