United Nations' silence on gay rights is allowing their abuse

Published: October 23, 2014

The Conversation
Original Article:  bit.ly/1roY0fQ

The UN is mandated to protect all people without discrimination, to advance equality and to protect the human rights of all individuals. It has a strong track record of putting those things into place where it comes to gender, race, religion, ethnicity, age and nationality.

There are treaties, committees, monitoring bodies and other mechanisms in place for women, racial and religious minorities, indigenous populations, children and the elderly, and migrants, among others. Those mechanisms work with varying degrees of success in different states, but they send a strong message to all countries, loud and clear: the UN will not condone nor tolerate discrimination on any grounds.

Well, almost any grounds.

The UN still does not protect sexual orientation or gender identity minorities. Despite the clear vulnerability of people in those categories, there is no specific treaty for LGBT people; there is no committee to monitor the protection and promotion of their rights and there are no intergovernmental working groups, resolutions or declarations. Instead, there is silence.

But even worse, an ominous drum beat is disturbing that silence.

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